Regis Philbin's new colleagues were tapping away on their smartphones Monday, tweeting about his new sports talk show, and he blurted out: "All I've got is a bottle of water."
"Crowd Goes Wild" premiers next month with the launch of cable channel Fox Sports 1, and, befitting a program debuting in 2013, it will weave back-and-forths with viewers into the broadcast. Producers even hired a social media correspondent.
Hosting all this is Philbin, who will turn 82 six days after the premiere.
Executive producer Michael Davies, who worked with Philbin on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," insists the octogenarian fits in just fine with a company known for attracting younger audiences.
"Every single one of us has a parent or a grandparent who struggles with social media," Davies said. "We're going to frankly have a lot of fun with Regis' struggles with social media."
Sports may be the theme, but in some ways "Crowd Goes Wild" won't feel much different from Philbin's old morning talk shows.
He'll open each edition of the Monday-through-Friday program with a commentary and later interview a guest. There will be debates on the hot sports topic, but Davies said the conversations will be more nuanced than one person arguing the pro and another the con.
Philbin would have loved to chat about sports in his opening commentaries when he hosted "Live!" with Kathie Lee Gifford and then Kelly Ripa before leaving in late 2011 he just never really got the chance.
"I could talk about what I'd seen last night at Yankee Stadium or something like that, and Kathie Lee's eyes would start to get scared," Philbin said at a news conference in Manhattan. "Talk about something else, a football game that was so hot this Sunday, and Kelly would just not care at all."