"There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera - especially certain old people!" cracked Regis, who turns 80 in August.
The show's distributors, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, said in a statement the "Live" franchise will continue, adding that a new co-host will be named to join Ripa, who marks 10 years with the show next month. Let's see, frequent guest host Anderson Cooper is starting his own talk show, so he's out. But by the end of the summer, Piers Morgan could be free.
* While ABC will be searching for a replacement for Regis, Starz has found a replacement for "Spartacus."
Ageless Kirk Douglas.
Ah, jes' joshin'.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Liam McIntyre will replace Andy Whitfield, who is battling cancer, Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht announced Monday.
McIntyre will play the Thracian warrior sold into slavery. Whitfield gave his blessing to the casting, which may have even bid up the slave's price.
McIntyre appeared in HBO's "The Pacific." He's training for the role in New Zealand. As one of the keys to a convincing performance will be his ability to act while shirtless, Tattle's women's survey hopes he's doing a lot of cardio and weight work.
* Anderson Cooper, who may
not end up the next Regis Philbin, is coming to Broadway.
At least his voice is.
The "360" anchor will record the voice of the narrator in the revival of "How to Succeed in Business (Without Really Trying)," starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette.
Walter Cronkite was the voice of the narrator in the 1995 revival of the musical that starred Matthew Broderick. The part is pre-recorded. Previews begin Feb. 26 and the show officially opens March 27.
* Ricky Gervais had a good
comeback for those who said his jokes were too mean when he hosted the Golden Globes Sunday.
"I don't know what line I crossed," he told Extra! "I didn't draw the line."
chairman Ron Perelman has ended his legal fight with ex-wife Ellen Barkin over a
movie-production company they started while married but squabbled over for years after divorcing, according to court records and Barkin's attorneys.
Court records show the cases were closed Friday.
Perelman spokeswoman Christine M. Taylor declined to comment yesterday.
The settlement, however, frees the ex-couple to fight about something else.
Etheridge will temporarily step in for Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong while he takes a break from performing in his Broadway musical, "American Idiot."
Melissa will play drug dealer "St. Jimmy" from Feb. 1-6. Armstrong, composer and co-author of the musical, returns Feb. 10.
* Faith Hill and The
Pretenders will perform live at 10 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday for "CMT Crossroads: The Pretenders & Faith Hill Live From the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam." Just like the Taylor Swift-Def Leppard mashup on a previous episode, Faith will perform several songs with the Pretenders and Chrissie Hynde will also join Hill and her band.
* TMZ.com reports
that polygamist Kody Brown and his "Sister Wives" are moving to Las Vegas for job opportunities.
We sure hope those women don't have their heart set on being showgirls.
* From Tattle's Science Desk,
the Los Angeles Times reports that Dutch researchers have determined that some men are allergic to their own semen. Symptoms include fever, runny nose, extreme fatigue and burning eyes, which can last for up to a week.
Fortunately for the snot-filled semen sufferers, their symptoms make sex unlikely.
But Tattle is sensing a whole new ad campaign for Claritin.
* Martin Sheen
and son Emilio Estevez are working on a joint memoir titled "Along the Way." Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced yesterday that the book would come out on Father's Day in 2012. The memoir will explore "the inner and outer stages of the journey of a father and son," including the upcoming movie "Along the Way," in which Estevez directs his father. Charlie Sheen will not be helping with the memoir but, at some point, is likely to have the book thrown at him.
Daily News wire services contributed to this report.