Helaine and I sat around last night and watched the ball drop in Times Square. Because of a stroke¹ Dick Clark couldn’t host the show (which his company produces) on ABC. Regis Philbin substituted.
I love Regis. He was the wrong man for this program.
Regis’ strength is his ability to ad lib and show emotion. This was totally scripted, needing someone with Dick Clark’s ability to fake sincerity. Regis just couldn’t muster the talent to read someone else’s lines and be Regis at the same time.
I hope Dick Clark is better soon. I hope he’s back next year. Regis Philbin won’t.
¹ – The press released characterized this as a minor stroke, though Hollywood press agentry is anything but trustworthy in matters of health.