KATHIE LEE GIFFORD, KELLY RIPA, JIMMY KIMMEL & MORE PAY TRIBUTE TO FALLEN TV LEGEND, REGIS PHILBIN
Saturday, Jul 25, 2020
Legendary TV host Regis Philbin passed away on July 24th at age 88 due to natural causes, just one month shy of his 89th birthday. His family confirmed his death in an exclusive statement to People magazine.
“His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss,” the family said.
His former Live! franchise co-hosts, Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa, along with countless celebrities are paying tribute to the fallen TV host.
We met during my first 5 minutes in show business. He was always gracious and giving. He have me a cat once from a litter his cat had. For years I had a black manx cat I had named, Regis! pic.twitter.com/eIr9F5I3sn
Regis was a great broadcaster, a good friend and a tremendous amount of fun. He leaves behind a beautiful family and a TV legacy that will likely go unmatched. Regis, I hope our friend Rickles met you at the pearly gates with open arms and a slew of the insults you loved so much
What a loss- The wonderful Regis Philbin. I met him in 1985 when I was on the “Rodney Dangerfield Young Comedians Special” and we loved each other ever since. Such a TV icon and above all, a good man. My sympathies to Joy and all of his children and friends.
Daytime Emmy award-winner, 2003 Hollywood Walk of Fame recipient and the Guinness World Record-holder for the “Most Hours on Camera”, Regis Philbin, started his entertainment career as a writer before snagging his own show, The Regis Philbin Show, in 1961. After a series of local gigs, the Bronx-native moved back to New York City in 1983 to host The Morning Show—which later became Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee. He hosted the long-running talk show for 23 years total—15 of those alongside co-host Kathie Lee-Gifford and the remaining with her replacement, Kelly Ripa. Regis also served as host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and had short stints on America’s Got Talent and Rachael Ray.
Philbin joins his son Daniel Philbin who passed away in 2014. He leaves behind his wife Joy Senese and three daughters, J.J., Joanna, and Amy Philbin.
We’re sending our condolences to Regis’ friends and family.