Is Regis Philbin trying to score a new daytime syndicated talk show, which would air following his departure from "LIVE! with Regis & Kelly?"
Philbin, who will leave the series in November, has not commented publicly on a New York Post report that said the 79-year-old was in talks with studios to develop a talk show that contained more news coverage.
Spokespeople for the named companies, Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television, denied any meetings with Philbin took place. Both companies produce the syndicated talk series "The Nate Berkus Show."
Philbin announced in January that he would leave the morning talk series, which stars Kelly Ripa, after some 25 years. Disney-ABC Television Group had said at the time that it would soon name a new co-host to replace him on the program, which has seen three different co-hosts.
"There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera, especially certain old people," Philbin had said at the time. "This is going to happen at the end of the summer, into the fall, whatever it is, we don't know that yet but just so that you know."
Meanwhile, Ripa appeared to distance herself from the series by starting her own Twitter account. Message from her had been posted previously through the "LIVE! with Regis & Kelly" Twitter account.
"Don't forget to tweet me at my new address @KellyRipa," she said. "It'll make you feel gooddddddddd. -k."
Philbin took time off from "LIVE! with Regis & Kelly" last year to have a blood clot removed from his leg. He also had hip replacement surgery in December 2010 and triple heart bypass surgery in 2007.
Philbin began his television career in Los Angeles, working for KABC Television, OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company. He moved to New York in 1983 and co-hosted "The Morning Show" with Cyndy Garvey on local station WABC Television. Garvey was replaced by Kathie Lee Gifford in 1985 and the show became nationally syndicated in 1988.
Gifford left the series in 2000 and Philbin co-hosted it with guests until Kelly Ripa joined the program full-time in 2001.
Philbin, a three-time Emmy Award winner who once hosted the ABC game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.