REEGE SNUBS KELLY FOR L.A. BEAUTY
By PATRICIA SHIPP
Regis Philbin has dealt his biggest snub yet to Live co-host Kelly Ripa — by picking another woman to join him for his most important gig of the year.
Regis, who's taking on Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest and their New Year's Rockin' Eve with his own special on Fox TV, has personally selected L.A. weathergirl Jillian Barberie to co-host the spectacular.
His hurtful decision is the latest in a long line of nasty tit-for-tat spats between the feuding Live hosts — and has sparked rumors that he has a long-term plan to oust Kelly, 35, in favor of Barberie, 39.
Said an insider: "Jillian is very excited about joining Regis on screen. She has a lot of admiration for him and feels he has been taken for granted by his last two co-hosts, Kelly and Kathie Lee Gifford.
"Jillian's truly chomping at the bit to get the high sign from Reege as his full-time co-host, and she feels New Year's Eve is the prefect place to start. Kelly better be on the look-out. I think if it's up to Regis, Jillian could be moving to New York very soon."