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Regis Philbin returns to primetime

Daytime host to helm new version of ‘This Is Your Life’
/ Source: The Associated Press

Regis Philbin is returning to primetime.

The “Live with Regis and Kelly” host will helm the new version of “This Is Your Life” for ABC. The series is a new version of the 1950s and ’60s NBC original created and hosted by Ralph Edwards that each week surprised a guest with an often-emotional recounting of his or her life.

“My network needs me! I’m there,” Philbin said in a statement. “‘This Is Your Life’ was always one of my favorite shows.”

“This Is Your Life” — which ABC calls “the original reality show” — varied its subjects from celebrities to prominent business figures to regular folks. The format for the Philbin-hosted version hasn’t yet been announced, nor has an air date.

Philbin, 74, hosted “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” for ABC from 1999 to 2002. Based on a British export, it was a giant hit, but saw its ratings fall dramatically in its final season before being spun off in syndication with Meredith Vieira as host.