Donny O, Kathie Lee set sights on daytime slot

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)--Kathie Lee Gifford and Donny Osmond could be the next hot couple to enter the daytime talk show arena.

Word is that the two are shopping for a deal that would have them on the air in the fall of 2006. The daytime veterans are said to have known each other for years; Osmond even subbed for Regis Philbin on Gifford's former syndicated show Live With Regis and Kathie Lee.

"Doing a talk show is the equivalent of the viewers inviting the hosts into their living rooms," Osmond said. "I'd like to think that Middle America would enjoy having Kathie Lee and me drop by for a visit each weekday."

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Gifford said that the TV personality has been approached on several occasions about hosting another television show and "would look forward to working with [Osmond] at any time" but noted that "at this point, they are only in discussions."

Osmond's daytime credits include Donny & Marie and the game show Pyramid. Gifford, who cohosted Live With Regis and Kathie Lee from 1989-2000, joins the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine The Insider Monday as a special correspondent.

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