Television: How To Create a Heavenly Host

They talk. They listen. They hold microphones! And they have one of the trickiest jobs in TV

This week, Regis Philbin returns to Prime Time, hosting a show called America's Got Talent (NBC, Wednesdays, 9 p.m. E.T.). That is ironic, because while America may have talent, Regis does not. At least, he says, that's what he thought when he became a San Diego TV host almost a half-century ago. "I wasn't a comedian or a singer or a dancer," he says. "I didn't have any of the abilities you need to succeed in this business." It wasn't until 1967, when he became second banana on Joey Bishop's late-night ABC show, that the Rat Packer told Philbin he chose him...

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