Regis asks readers ‘Who Wants to be Me’

Host to put out anecdotal book

After dominating the airwaves for months, Regis Philbin will soon invade bookstores with a new collection of anecdotes and musings on life beyond the box.

Philbin’s long-standing publisher, Hyperion, announced Wednesday that his latest book, “Who Wants to Be Me,” will appear in September in an ambitious, 500,000-copy first printing.

The book isn’t an autobiography, like 1995’s “I’m Only One Man,” but an extension of the TV star’s characteristic shtick, including behind-the-scene stories from his hugely popular show. In that sense, the book also marks a vertical extension of the “Millionaire” franchise, as Hyperion and ABC are both siblings in the Disney family.

Hyperion senior editor Mary Ellen O’Neill negotiated the deal with WMA’s Jim Griffin.

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