Regis Philbin’s farewell is on everyone’s mind this week — including Jerry Seinfeld’s.
Inevitably, the subject came up Wednesday night when Seinfeld appeared with David Letterman on CBS’s “Late Show.” In fact, the three — Jerry, Dave and Regis — are intertwined at the moment.
Here’s how: First, Jerry and Regis are on the cover of the current issue of Newsweek, in which Jerry interviews Regis.
Second: Letterman appeared Wednesday morning on “Live with Regis and Kelly” and complained about the Newsweek piece, lamenting that he should have been the one to write it because he knows Regis a lot better and a lot longer than Jerry.
Third: Seinfeld shows up Wednesday night on “Late Show” and Dave again shows the Newsweek cover and then he and Jerry talked about Regis.
Fourth: Jerry is scheduled to be the first guest-host on the newly christened “Live with Kelly,” with Kelly Ripa, on her first solo show this coming Monday (Nov. 21).
And fifth: Regis is due to appear Thursday night on Letterman’s “Late Show.”
As George Costanza might say (and did say on “Seinfeld”): Worlds are colliding!
On “Late Show,” Jerry and Dave agreed in their assessments of Regis:
“Regis is like the New York City subway,” said Seinfeld. “He’s just there. You can depend on him.”
“[He’s] solid, part of the infrastructure, like a public utility,” Dave said.
“Exactly!” Jerry replied. “Public utility! Perfect!”
Earlier on “Late Show,” Dave commemorated his visit that morning to “Live with Regis and Kelly” with a “Top Ten” list titled “The Top Ten Things They Said to Me Backstage at ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’.”
For example: “No. 9: It’s one of Regis’ last shows, try not to ruin it!”
And “No. 6: Please tell us you’re not Regis’ replacement!”
Or “No. 5: Gelman frisks all the guests!”
Meanwhile, as he often does when he appears on any late-night show, Seinfeld performed some stand-up comedy, more than six minutes worth on “Late Show” Wednesday.
What’s on Jerry’s comic mind these days? Cell phones and Cialis, among other things.