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Regis Philbin retiring?!?!

Regis Philbin is calling it quits after hosting Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Kelly for 28 years. He made the announcement on his show this morning.  “I don’t want to alarm anybody … but this will be my last year on the show, there is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera, especially certain old people.” No end date yet but it’ll likely be somewhere towards the end of the summer. As a staunch Regis Philbin lover, this saddens me a little bit. I don’t watch Regis and Kelly, but asides from Philbin there are few legends of Television left on the air, and Larry just left us too.

Spartacus’ loincloth to be filled by Liam McIntyre!

Starz manhunt to replace the role of Spartacus in the second season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, after Andy Whitfield bowed out to focus on his cancer treatment, has ended and Liam McIntyre has been cast.

McIntyre, whose scant list of credits includes HBO’s The Pacific and long-running Australian soap Neighbours, has survived the long casting process and beaten frontrunners like Being Human’s Aiden Turner. He spoke to the NYTimes earlier; “It’s been the toughest thing, every actor dreams of getting a big break, a big opportunity. Andy’s such a wonderful actor. I don’t want to follow that guy, and everybody hurts that he’s had to give up the role, myself included.” I’ve never seen McIntyre before, but he sure looks like Whitfield.

John Hannah and Lucy Lawless return for the prequel season Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, which premiers on STARZ on Jan. 21.

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