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TV execs ban Gifford from ‘Regis’ show

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"Live with Regis" is apparently a Kathie Lee-free zone.

Executives at the syndicated talk show have banned Kathie Lee Gifford, who is promoting a new album, from appearing and even advertising on the show she co-starred on for 15 years until July.

Their explanation is they want to give the guest hosts who have been working with Regis Philbin the chance to make an impression without the distraction of 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.