Regis Hints He May Be Grooming Successor

There could be a new Regis on the block.

Regis Philbin (search) appears to be grooming "Survivor" (search) host Jeff Probst (search) to take over "Live with Regis & Kelly" (search) when he one day says "adios amigos."

"This is a guy who would kill, kill to sit here every day," Philbin told viewers Tuesday while priming the audience for a guest appearance by Probst, who dropped by to promote the latest season of "Survivor."

"And one of ['Live' executive producer Michael] Gelman's favorites," Regis said.

Probst has subbed as a guest host for Philbin several times in the past, when the 73-year-old TV icon has gone on vacation.

Gelman "is grooming him for the day I say adios amigos — you'll see him fighting his way in," Regis joked.

"He sits here and he looks at you — the whole thing is developing right before your eyes," Regis told his co-host, Kelly Ripa.

"I think a little jealousy is what we're watching unfold," Ripa shot back.

"Regis was kidding around with a friend of the show and it's nothing more than that," a spokesperson said.

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