It was a very special Winesday Wednesday on the fourth hour of the Today show this morning, as Regis Philbin filled in for Hoda Kotb and joined Kathie Lee for hosting duties. The duo, who hosted LIVE! With Regis and Kathie Lee together for 12 years (and a local show before that!), hadn’t been seen on-air together for 12 years.
At the top of the hour, the announcer accidentally called him Hoda, but after that it was almost like ol’ times. Gifford refrained from any of the gaffes she’s become infamous for, and the real shock was how downright uninterested Philbin seemed to be in the whole charade. That’s part of his shtick, but in later segments about what produce to buy, or watching as they showed silly reader-submitted signs, he seemed downright bored. At the end of the show, Kathie Lee asked him what he thought of the hour and he replied, “Fair.”
The real question — was Philbin imbibing at 10 a.m.? After at first saying, “[It’s] a little early for Regis!” Gifford started talking and Philbin started sipping. The two’s natural chemistry was apparent, and while they aren’t on air together anymore, they’ve remained friends — Gifford shared that they still see each socially about once every other month.
Check out a clip of Regis and Kathie Lee catching up: