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On Her Final Show, Joy Behar Says To Barbara Walters: ‘F*ck Harry Reasoner’

Today ABC aired Joy Behar‘s final edition of “The View” as co-host. It was a star-studded affair, with Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers and Meredith Vieira all stopping by to wish her well.

Barbara Walters got emotional, as she wished Behar well:

“Anytime things can got too sentimental, you could always rely on Joy to punch a hole in the conversation and bring us back to reality,” she quipped. “Whatever you choose to do, it will be smart and provocative. I love you Joy.”

Behar, in her final words, decided to speak up on behalf of the ABC News anchor, and mention her former “ABC Evening News” colleague.

“Barbara, what can I say Barbara, thank you for asking me to join the table all these years ago,” Behar said. “If you will allow me to say so, there is something I have been wanting to say on your behalf for 16 years. F*ck Harry Reasoner.”

For the backstory, you can read in depth about the Walters/Reasoner tension here.

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Regis Philbin Bringing Back ‘Host Chat’ For Fox Sports 1 Series ‘Crowd Goes W!ld’

Regis and the cast of “Crowd Goes W!ld”

Former “Live!” co-host Regis Philbin is bringing back the “host chat” segment that led off his former daytime program “Live!” The segment will be the focal point of “Crowd Goes W!ld,” a new sports talk show launching on Fox Sports 1 Monday, August 19.

As with “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee” and “Live! with Regis and Kelly,” Philbin will open up the program with, well, whatever is on his mind.

“Regis will be talking about what he did last night, Regis will be talking about what is going on in the world of sports, what is in the news cycle, and that will create, immediately, furor and debate and no doubt opinions,” the EP of the program Michael Davies says. “It is almost like ‘host chat’ built out.”

It will be built out, because alongside Philbin will be a panel of co-hosts, including Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Gay, comedian Michael Kosta, former Pro Bowl defensive end Trevor Pryce and Sky Sports host Georgie Thompson. YouTube star Katie Nolan will serve as the show’s social media correspondent, in charge of fan interaction through social media.

Still, at the heart of the new show is Regis:

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The Ticker: ’20/20,’ MacCallum, Regis

  • Among younger viewers, “20/20″ was the most-watched newsmagazine during the month of June. The ABC show topped CBS’ “60 Minutes” and NBC’s “Dateline” in adults 25-54 and adults 18-49.

  • As Regis Philbin gears up for the launch of his Fox Sports 1 show next month, he tells the New York Post he’s ready to get back to daily television. “There were times when I would get a little antsy, when I wondered what I could or should be doing,” he said.

News Corp. Betting Big On ‘Fox Sports 1′

There is no denying that ESPN is the 800 pound gorilla of sports TV networks. Executives at Fox Sports know this.

“ESPN, quite frankly, is a machine,” says Billy Wanger, the head of programming for Fox Sports. “We are coming in trying to take on the establishment; it is no different than what happened with Fox News, or Fox Broadcasting back in the 80s. We are going to have to scratch and claw our way all the way to the top.”

Shanks was talking about Fox Sports 1, the upcoming national cable sports channel that News Corp. is launching in August. News Corp. COO Chase Carey called it “the worst kept secret in TV,” but it is no longer a secret. At a lavish upfront for media buyers in midtown yesterday afternoon and evening, executives at News Corp. formally unveiled the channel.

The beating heart of sports TV is live games, and FS1 will be coming out of the gate with the strongest lineup outside of Bristol, CT. Major League Baseball games–including playoff games–will be available on the channel, as will NASCAR races, UFC fights, college football and basketball and UEFA and World Cup soccer.

“We believe that right now the market for sports is–I don’t want to say vast–but it is,” News Corp. senior VP and Fox Sports founding president David Hill says. “There is a huge percentage of the population for whom sports is vitally important, for whom sports is the best entertainment there is.”

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Barbara Walters Returns To ‘The View’

ABC’s Barbara Walters made her triumphant return to TV on “The View” this morning. Walters has been out since late January, when she fell down some stairs at the British Ambassadors residence in Washington. In the hospital, it was discovered the she had contracted chicken pox.

Returning to the daytime show, Walters revealed that she actually picked up the chicken pox from a well-known actor:

It all began in January when I was visiting a friend in Miami and she had as another guest a well-known actor who shall be nameless and I gave him a new year’s hug and a kiss on the cheek. The next day he left, what he didn’t know then and I didn’t know at all was that he was about to develop a bad case of shingles…

Walters also shared a very funny story involving ABC News president Ben Sherwood:
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The Evening Ticker: King, O’Leary, Regis

Michael Strahan to Replace Regis Philbin on ‘Live! With Kelly’

Former NFL star Michael Strahan will be the new co-host of the syndicated talker “Live! with Kelly” come September 4. B&C’s Ben Grossman first reported the news.

Strahan effectively replaces Regis Philbin, who left the show in November of last year. Since that time “Live!” has experimented with a slew of guest hosts who took over the chair next to Kelly Ripa, including Strahan, “SNL” performer Seth Meyers and singer Josh Groban. The LA TimesJoe Flint reports that Strahan will remain as a contributor to Fox’s NFL coverage on the weekends, even as he hosts “Live!.”

Today in ‘Today’ News And Rumors

THR‘s Marisa Guthrie reports that Ann Curry will likely remain at NBC News in a “substantial” role if and when she moves off of the morning program.

The New York Times’ Brian Stelter reports that Savannah Guthrie is no longer just the favorite to replace Curry, she has been offered the gig formally.

In a suspicious article (given what we know now about Curry and Guthrie), Radar Online reports that Regis Philbin could be tapped to replace Hoda Kotb if Kotb gets promoted to a new gig at the NBC morning show. Philbin filled in for Kotb last week, rejoining his old TV co-host Kathie Lee Gifford.

VIDEO: Regis and Kathie Lee Reunite

This morning Regis Philbin guest-hosted the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today” with his old partner in crime, Kathie Lee Gifford. It was the first time in 12 years (the end of “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee”) that the pair co-hosted a TV show together.

Before the 10 PM hour, Matt Lauer interviewed the pair about the reunion.

“Do you think it will be the human equivalent of riding a bike, even though you haven’t ridden him for 12 years?” Lauer asked Gifford.

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For the fourth hour itself, the team brought in a small studio audience to try and replicate some of that “Live!” magic, and let Philbin and Gifford do what they do best.

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Regis and Kathie Lee Reuniting on ‘Today’

Before there was “Live! with Kelly,” there was “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee.”

On Wednesday, for the first time in 12 years, Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford will be co-hosts once again, as Philbin fills in for Hoda Kotb during the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today.”

“He is in rare form,” Gifford said this morning. “We are just going to let him show up and let the sparks fly.”

“He is going to be out of control,” Kotb added.

Gifford and Philbin have made TV appearances together since they parted ways on their syndicated talk show, though they have not hosted together on TV since 2000.

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