TV STUFF: ‘Regis’ Bans Kathie Lee

Shock jock Howard Stern must be loving this one. Its seems he’s not the only one who wants Kathie Lee Gifford gone.

Regis Philbin‘s former co-host on “Live With Regis and Kathie Lee” has been banned from the set of the morning show she left in July, The Associated Press reports. Execs for “Live With Regis” say that they just want to give the guest hosts who have been appearing on the show with Philbin the chance to do their job without being distracted by Gifford.

“We need to gain some physical and commercial separation from Kathie Lee during the search for her replacement,” said Tom Kane, president and general manager of WABC-TV in New York, which produces the show.

A GAY DEBUT: John Goodman‘s new show might prove to have some staying power considering the numbers it pulled in its debut Wednesday night. “Normal, Ohio,” Fox’s gay-themed sitcom and the rest of its start-from-scratch Wednesday night, performed well, taking a close third in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic with a 5.0 rating and 13 share. Fox’s lineup trailed NBC (5.4/14) and ABC (5.2/14). Fox also delivered its best Wednesday ratings among men 18-49 and 25-54 since May 1998.

THE DOCTORS ARE IN: ABC is doctoring up more nights of “Gideon’s Crossing.” The network has picked up six additional episodes of the medical drama, Daily Variety reports. The show performs especially strong in the adults 18-49 demographic. Recently, ABC also ordered a season’s worth of episodes for one of its rookie sitcoms, “The Geena Davis Show.”

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