REGIS PHILBIN is leaving “Live! With Regis and Kelly” next Friday, but KELLY RIPA will be around for a while. She just signed a new five-year contract.
The deal runs from next fall through 2017, which will be her 16th year on the show.
After Regis leaves, the show will be re-named “Live! With Kelly”. It’s unclear whether or not they’ll re-name the show again once a permanent co-host is hired.
By the way, the guests for Regis’ last week have been announced.
Jimmy Fallon and Don Rickles will be there Monday. Donald Trump and Tony Bennett will be on Tuesday. Wednesday’s show will feature David Letterman and Bret Michaels.
Regis’ former co-host Kathie Lee Gifford and singer Josh Groban will be on Thursday’s show . . . and if there are any guests on Friday’s show, they’re being kept a secret at this point.