Regis Philbin to Host Oscarâ€™s Red Carpet Show
Beverly Hills, CA(RUSHPRNEWS) December 10, 2007 â€“â€“ Regis Philbin will host the official 30-minute red carpet arrivals show preceding the 80th Academy AwardsÂ® presentation, executive producer Gil Cates and producer Dennis Doty announced today. This will be Philbinâ€™s first time hosting the show that airs beginning at 5 p.m. on the ABC Television Network, immediately prior to the Academy Awards presentation.
â€œRegis is the perfect guy to serve as host. He knows everyone, and everyone loves Regis!â€ said Doty. â€œIâ€™m thrilled that he has agreed to be the ringmaster for this yearâ€™s extravaganza.â€
This hosting assignment marks a return to the OscarÂ® red carpet for Regis, who was a pioneer interviewer of arriving stars beginning in the 1970s.
Philbin, who has hosted numerous morning shows throughout his career, is known for his enthusiastic manner and his famous ad-libs. He began his trademark â€œhost chatsâ€ on his first talk show, â€œThe Regis Philbin Show,â€ on KGTV in San Diego. Philbin would start each show with his characteristic chats, engaging the audience and later on his co-hosts, in conversations about his personal life and the dayâ€™s events.
Philbin holds the Guinness World Record for the most time spent in front of a television camera. He is best known for hosting â€œLive with Regis and Kelly.â€ Philbin has also hosted â€œWho Wants to Be a Millionaireâ€ and â€œAmericaâ€™s Got Talent.â€
The 80th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academyâ€™s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2007 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland CenterÂ®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
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