Date: 5th October 2000
Long Island "real person" Josephine Pisano was cheered Wednesday by fans of the Live with Regis television show, many of whom urged the producers to keep her on as a permanent replacement for Kathie Lee Gifford.
Today's (Thursday) New York Daily News printed numerous quotes from audience members, including: "Omigod, she's hilarious! She's over-the-top" and "I think she's stealing the show" and "The show needs someone like her. She's a natural." Philbin himself said of the 69-year-old Pisano: "She is uninhibited, not afraid, and confident. A star is born right here."
Source: Studio Briefing