America's Got Talent, and Regis Philbin is going to show it to us.
NBC announced today that venerable TV show personality Philbin will handle the hosting chores for the new summertime reality show from American Idol impresario Simon Cowell. The show, which will feature various Americans doing whatever it is that they do best, premieres Wednesday, June 21, at 8.pm.
Philbin will keep his day job hosting the syndicated Live with Regis and Kelly, and will also be a featured voice in the upcoming film Shrek the Third. Previously, Philbin hosted the popular Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
"For years I've thought about hosting a variety show on television but I could never put it together in my mind," said Philbin in a statement. "Finally, here it is and I'm thrilled to be a part of it."
America's Got Talent is just the latest American-centric reality show from Cowell and his company, Fremantle Media. This season also saw American Inventor on ABC.
"I am delighted that Regis has agreed to host America's Got Talent," said Cowell. "Regis is just the best, and I am really looking forward to working with him."