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Regis Philbin Returning to TV on "Rachael Ray"

Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Regis Philbin made it clear that when he exited Live! With Regis and Kelly last November that he was not retiring. Now, starting next week, he’ll be back — but this time with a different spunky TV star.

The ubiquitous television host will be joining celebrity chef Rachel Ray in her kitchen on The Rachael Ray Show once a month beginning Monday. The appearance on Ray’s hit cooking show will mark his return to morning programming, which he stepped down from after hosting Live! for 28 seasons. The 81-year-old said that when the offer came in, he couldn’t refuse.

“I’m not going to say I don’t want to do your show!” he told USA Today. “I think it’s fun. I spent my whole life doing this … [Now] it’s not the every-morning burden.”

Not only will the always effervescent Philbin be gaining some screen time while appearing on the two-time Daytime Emmy winning show, but he might be gaining some culinary skills – something he says he is lacking.

“I can make a sandwich,” he said. “Two pieces of bread and you lay a little cheese or something on there. Add some mustard. Bang! I’ve made some lunch!”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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