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TV Icon Regis Philbin Dead At 88; Kathie Lee Gifford, Kelly Ripa and Susan Lucci Pay Tribute

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Sad news to report on Saturday.  Legendary TV host and personality, Regis Philbin has passed away at the age of 88.  The Daytime Emmy-winning host, was famous for is morning shows including Live with Regis and Kathie Lee for 15 years, and its later incarnation Live with Regis and Kelly,  hosting Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. beauty pageants, his night club shows with former All My Children star, Susan Lucci, and so much more.

In a statement his family shared: “We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday,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.'”

TMZ is reporting late Saturday afternoon that they confirmed with the Medical Examiner that Regis died from heart disease. He was pronounced dead Saturday at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, CT

Philbin’s accolades included: Daytime Emmy Awards wins for Outstanding Talk Show Host for Live! in 2001 and 2011 as well as Outstanding Game Show Host for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.  Regis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.  He was nominated for 37 Daytime Emmy Awards throughout his career.  In addition, according to Guinness World Records, Regis holds the world record for most hours on US television with more than 16,700 hours clocked.

Three women who worked so closely with Regis each took to Instagram this afternoon to share their grief and memories of their dear friend, and in some cases mentor:

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Kathie Lee Gifford expressed on Philbin’s passing: “There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.”

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Kelly Ripa who took over from Gifford and co-hosted with Regis for many years shared along with Ryan Seacrest: “We are beyond saddened to learn about the loss of Regis Philbin. He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes everyday on Live for more than 23 years. We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire everyday to fill his shoes on the show. We send our deepest love and condolences to his family and hope they can find some comfort in knowing he left the world a better place.”

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Susan Lucci, shared an emotional message: “Oh, Regis—I am so shocked and so incredibly sad to learn of your passing. Your warmth and charm and devilish sense of humor made the world fall in love with you—and all of us who had the privilege and joy to work with you adored you! Those five years we traveled the country appearing together on stage are full of some of my favorite memories. Helmut and I send our love and heartfelt sympathy to beautiful Joy and your entire family.  You were one of a kind, Rege—🎼There Will Never Ever Be Another You🎼 RIP, Regis—and thank you”

Philbin is survived by daughters J.J. Philbin and Joanna Philbin, whom he shared with his wife of 50 years, Joy Philbin. He was also father to daughter Amy Philbin, whom he shared with his first wife Catherine Faylen. Philbin and Faylen had another child, son Daniel Philbin, who passed away in 2014.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of Regis Philbin in the comment section below.  

 

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There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.

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Renae
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Kathie Lee and Susan Lucci sounded very sincere.

Jennifer Wardle
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Jennifer Wardle

Huh? Why wouldn’t they be?

Jennifer Wardle
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Jennifer Wardle

I was so saddened to hear this news. He was one in a million.

Steve
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Steve

There was a comfort factor watching anything Regis was on. Always a great last minute guest for Letterman, too.

Even Bob Iger gave a more personal comment on Twitter than Ripa.

David Letterman described Regis best as “in the same category as Carson”

RIP

Shari
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Shari

Kelly Ripa is a disgusting person. Regis gave her everything and she disrespected him even in death with that lackluster posting that you can tell came from Ryan only. She should be very ashamed!!!

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I totally agree with you Shari. Kelly wouldn’t have her show much less her bank account if not for Regis. Disgusting. I can see why Michael left. I know the way he told her was wrong, but after reading her tweet, I can see Michael’s point. As the saying goes, give an inch take a mile. The minute she sat her but in the first chair, everything went right to her big head. I stopped watching after Michael left. I don’t know how Ryan puts up with her. But her sharing a tweet with Ryan was to disrespectful for words.… Read more »

Ann Oyed
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Ann Oyed

Rude! I think her condolences were heartfelt and sincere

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Her on-air comments were much more personal and seemed very genuine; she said the first people she thought of were his daughters and Joy, and then after them, Kathie Lee, and called them his “Four Jewels” or something like that, and she told a story about his interactions with her daughter Lola that also came across as heartfelt. I think the Instagram message was more restrained, especially compared to Susan’s and KL’s, so I can see how you might have found it underwhelming in comparison (and let’s be fair–some people can write what they feel better than others), but I’m… Read more »

Shari
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I saw her on air comments but actions speak louder than words. It has been well known that there was never any interaction between them since the day he left the show. When asked about it, Regis, ever the class act, never commented, just acknowledged that they were never in contact. She took it as an insult that he left the show. As usual, it was all about her and not the fact that he was aging and knew the day to day grind wasn’t for him anymore. As Michael Strahan has said, he was used to being a team… Read more »

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Out of the things you said, two things seem indisputable: that they weren’t in contact after he left the show (that’s factual, from what I know, although I don’t know the reason behind it any more than you do–unless you’ve got more information than you’ve shared here, in which case, please do share) and that Michael Strahan said he didn’t feel the atmosphere was a team atmosphere (which I did read he’d said). On what basis are you concluding that it was all about her and that she took it as an insult that he left the show? Has she… Read more »

Janice
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Janice

Saw his show many years ago in Vegas. It was so good. I remember we got stuck in Vegas because the East coast had the worst snowstorm and planes weren’t flying. I watched him every day and enjoyed his banter. I was sad when he retired. He will be truly missed.

dzzdee
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Mornings with Regis and Kathy was full of sunshine & joy. They actually had people laughing. A fun way to start the day. Morning talks programs aren’t the same without Regis. RIP.

rose
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rose

I am sorry about Regis but from what I hear a life well lived. Whenever I watched him he always seemed to smile and didn’t have a bad word for anyone. Too many of an era leaving us. They will be missed.

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Stause posted on her IG, “Love when doing things I love, with people I love, can be called “work.”

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So, will you be watching Chrishell on the upcoming season of Selling Sunset? Comment below.

 

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So, looking forward to seeing the Pine Valley crew on Reunion Road Trip? Comment below.

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So what do you think of Finn’s new role? Comment below.

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