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Kathie Lee replacement watch

From Bernadette Peters to Katherine Murphy, the search Regis’s new morning show cohost continues

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Earlier this month, when Live With Regis aired audition tapes sent in by various female radio-show hosts, the sub for that day, Jason Alexander, said dryly, ”Suddenly, Kathie Lee’s looking pretty good, eh?” The former George Costanza wasn’t kidding; the women who’ve sat beside Regis Philbin have been, variously, wan, weird, and scary — and only occasionally charming. You can watch the results of Regis’ radio-host stunt this week; but in the meantime, here’s a quick summation of Live‘s post-Kathie Lee high and low points.

JILLIAN BARBERIE
RÉSUMÉ
Weather-person for NFL on Fox
GOT OFF TO A BAD START BY
Bellowing ”We need to shake it up a little, Reege!”
GOOD POINTS
Wacky; brassy; shakes her bon-bon.
CHANCES OF KATHIE LEE-DOM
Minimal; Regis doesn’t want another crazy lady. Which makes her our personal fave.

BERNADETTE PETERS
RÉSUMÉ
Broadway star
GOT OFF TO A BAD START BY
Discussing her vegetarianism; Regis looked as bored as a turnip.
GOOD POINTS
Can string whole sentences together; sings a heck of a lot better than Kathie Lee.
CHANCES OF KATHIE LEE-DOM
Too smart for the room

SUSAN HAWK
RÉSUMÉ
Truck driver; Survivor
GOT OFF TO A BAD START BY
Saying, when Reege asked if she was nervous, ”Heck, no — this ain’t my job. I’m just passin’ through.”
GOOD POINTS
Doesn’t give a damn.
CHANCES OF KATHIE LEE-DOM
Not even if Regis crawled in the desert, begging her

JOSEPHINE PISANO
RÉSUMÉ
Bay Shore, L.I., senior citizen; a winner of the ”ordinary people” contest
GOT OFF TO A BAD START BY
Getting more laughs than Reege.
GOOD POINTS
It’s like having an audience member as cohost!
CHANCES OF KATHIE LEE-DOM
Zilch. It’s like having an audience member as cohost!

KATHLEEN MURPHY
RÉSUMÉ
Cohost of Pure Oxygen
GOT OFF TO A BAD START BY
Telling Philbin, ”This is an experiment in chemistry.” The experiment almost went boom right there.
GOOD POINTS
Knows how to push Regis’ anger buttons, which makes for good, squirmy TV.
CHANCES OF KATHIE LEE-DOM
Nil

SUZANNE SENA
RÉSUMÉ
E! Celebrity Homes host
GOT OFF TO A BAD START BY
Sucking up.
GOOD POINTS
Another blond who joshes but lets Reege ramble.
CHANCES OF KATHIE LEE-DOM
Probably the front-runner. Regis gets the boring non-threat he wants; we may switch to the third hour of Today.

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