Regis Philbin

The Ugly Betty Ripa Hour


We might as well start calling Ugly Betty "The Ripa Hour". On the heals of word from Entertainment Tonight that Mr. Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, will be appearing in at least three episodes of the ABC hit series comes news from E! Online that Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa will be making a cameo on the September 25th premiere of Ugly Betty.

Caption This: That Darn Cat

In case you've been living under a rock, the last week Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa helped shine the world on Princess Chunky a 44 lb cat abandoned by a woman whose home was foreclosed on.

Knowing how much people love their pets I thought it might make a fun "caption this" so take your best shot at it. I'm going with "That Darn Cat" after a great Disney classic by the same name.

If you haven't seen That Darn Cat check out the DVD cover after the fold. READ MORE

Oprah Tops Forbes' Celebrity 100

Oprah Winfrey is still the most powerful celebrity on the planet. According to the latest The Celebrity 100 list published by Forbes Magazine each year, Oprah remained enthroned at the top of the list at No. 1, earning over $275 million dollars from June 2007 - June 2008.

It should be noted that money is not the only factor in Forbes calculations when determining its rankings.

According to USATODAY Forbes "estimates celebrity earnings, then factors in media metrics like Google hits, press mentions as compiled by Factiva, TV/radio mentions from Lexis/Nexis and the number of times an A-lister appears on the cover of more than 50 consumer magazines."

At least nine other stars with daytime connections made The Celebrity 100 list.

Jennifer Aniston, the daughter of Days of Our Lives' star John Aniston, made the top 20. She notched a spot at No. 17 with $27 million in earnings.

Oprah's protege Dr. Phil survived the Britney Spears fiasco coming in at No. 30 with $13 million.

Judge Judy Sheindlin, whose legal empire is estimated in the hundreds of millions, ranked No. 40 with $45 million in 2008.

Tyra Banks, who has her eye on building an Oprah style empire of her own, mustered up a No. 68 ranking and $23 million.

Former Young and Restless star Eva Longoria Parker leveraged her Desperate Housewives stardom to the tune of $9 million and a No. 70 ranking.

Ellen DeGeneres, who has seen her popularity rise in recent years, just missed making the Top 70 coming in at No. 71 though she earned $20 million in 2008.

TV show host extraordinaire Regis Philbin talked his way to No. 74 and $21 million.

Nurtured by Oprah Rachael Ray pulled in $18 million and a spot at No. 76.

Wrapping up the list of celebrities with a connection to daytime who made the list is former daytime talk show host Howie Mandel who placed No. 90 and earned $14 million.

Combined, these stars pulled in a whopping $465 million dollars in 2008.

Seacrest Succeeding Regis at LIVE?

Rumors have been swirling that American Idol host, E! red carpet host, radio show host and television producer Ryan Seacrest may be replacing Regis Philbin on LIVE. Now the Globe has a front page spread shouting from the rooftops that Seacrest, who has filled in for Regis on multiple occasions, is close to becoming Philbin's successor.

According to The Globe:

“Ryan would be the perfect successor to Regis. He’s subbed several times for Larry King on his CNN talk show, he has his own syndicated morning radio gig, hosts the biggest show on TV, and does special events and red carpet coverage for E! Entertainment Network.”

“The whole focus now is on Ryan to take over,” a show source reveals to the Globe. “They’ll have to think really big bucks to get him to sign on the dotted line.”

Personally, if Seacrest were to take over at LIVE it would be the last time I watched the show so I thought, why not put it up as a poll?

Would you quit watching LIVE if Seacrest succeeded Regis?