The retirement of Regis Philbin didn't last very long because he's launching a TV comeback! Less than two years after declaring his retirement after departing Live! with Regis and Kelly, Philbin will host a new sports talk show on Fox Sports 1 entitled Crowd Goes Wild. The sports talk show hosted by Philbin will debut on August 19 and air every weekday. Despite Philbin turning 82 next month, the staff of Crowd Goes Wild said they hope to appeal to younger audiences.
Crowd Goes Wild features Philbin opening each show with a commentary and later interviewing a guest, which could be an athlete or an actor, but every interview will involve conversations about sports to some degree. The Philbin-hosted talk show will weave back-and-forths with viewers into the broadcast and has even hired a social media correspondent. Crowd Goes Wild will also cover a wide range of sports that even include tennis, which Philbin is an avid fan of.
"We're not a sports news show; we're a sports entertainment show," said Crowd Goes Wild executive producer Michael Davies. "We're not trying to set the agenda of what America [is] talking about on a daily basis. We're trying to be funny a lot of the time."
During his Live! days, first with Kathie Lee Gifford from 1988–2000 and then Kelly Ripa from 2011–2011, Philbin tried to talk about his favorite sports in the opening commentaries; However, Philbin said that those attempts often fell on deaf ears. "Kathie Lee's eyes would start to get scared," he recalled. "Talk about something else, a football game that was so hot this Sunday, and Kelly would just not care at all. And [executive producer Michael] Gelman would say, 'What are you talking about?''
It's been confirmed that joining Philbin for the premiere of Crowd Goes Wild will be two-time Super Bowl champion Trevor Pryce; former pro tennis player turned stand-up comic Michael Kosta; Wall Street Journal sports columnist Jason Gay; and Sky Sports anchor Georgie Thompson.
Despite Philbin's age, Davies believes that Philbin can appeal to a younger audience. "You speak to a young comedian or young athlete about Regis, their eyes light up," he said. "That is something very unique that I don't think a younger host could actually bring."
In addition to his Live! days, Philbin is also best noted for hosting hit shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Million Dollar Password, and the first season of America's Got Talent. He has also released four albums and his most recent release, 2009's Just You, Just Me, debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard charts. Philbin holds the Guinness World Record for the most time spent in front of a television camera.