Regis Philbin reunites with Kathie Lee Gifford on 'Today' fourth hour

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Regis Philbin Is Joining Kathie Lee On 'Today'

Regis Philbin is emerging from semi-retirement to join NBC's Today. Philbin, who left his gig on ABC's Live! in 2011, joins the Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb-hosted fourth hour of Today as a contributor. The announcement came Thursday morning on the program.

The news reunites Philbin and Gifford, who co-hosted Live! for 15 years until Gifford left in 2001. Philbin, who turns 84 in August, has been something of a regular presence on Today over the last several months including starring inToday the Musical. But naming him a contributor formalizes his role at a time when co-host Kotbe is spending considerable time filling in for vacationing anchors on the flagship portion of the morning broadcast.

"Regis brings his legendary charm and humor each time he visits Today," Tammy Filler, co-executive producer of Today, said in a statement. "His energy is infectious, and when Regis is around, you never know what will happen."

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Regis Philbin reunites with Kathie Lee Gifford on 'Today' fourth hour
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Regis Philbin arrives for the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on June 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 24: TV personality Regis Philbin enters the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on July 24, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: TV personality Regis Philbin enters the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on April 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03: TV personality Regis Philbin enters the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on January 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Regis Philbin appears on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on January 31, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 17: Regis Philbin tells the Late Show audience that he was kissed on the lips by David Letterman when Letterman appeared earlier in the week on Philbin's show. Regis Philbin was Dave's guest on the Late Show with David Letterman on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by John P. Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 06: Television Personality Regis Philbin visits 'Late Show With David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on October 6, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa on set during Regis Philbin's Final Show of 'Live! with Regis & Kelly' at the Live with Regis & Kelly Studio on November 18, 2011 in New York New York. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Regis Philbin on set during Regis Philbin's Final Show of 'Live! with Regis & Kelly' at the Live with Regis & Kelly Studio on November 18, 2011 in New York New York. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 18: Television Personality Regis Philbin visits 'Late Show With David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on August 18, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage)
Regis Philbin signs a large poster copy of his TV Guide cover in which he is dressed as Major Nelson from 'I Dream of Jeannie' (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
Regis Philbin at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City, New York (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
385178 07: Talk show host Regis Philbin and new co-host Kelly Ripa speak to the audience during a broadcast of 'Live with Regis and Kelly,' February 5, 2001 in New York City. Ripa, who is known for her role on ABC's soap opera 'All My Children' replaces Kathie Lee Gifford who left the show in July 2000. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Newsmakers)
07/28/00 New York City Kathie Lee Gifford's final performance on TV's 'Live with Regis & Kathie Lee' at ABC studios. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect
Regis Philbin during Regis Philbin Signs His New Book 'I'm Only One Man' - September 12, 1995 at B. Dalton Bookstore in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Regis Philbin during Revlon's Unforgettable Women of 1990 at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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