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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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Renae

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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Shari

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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dzzdee

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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All My Children Virtual Reunion On Tap With Jill Larson, James Kiberd, and More

Some more residents of Pine Valley are set for another virtual reunion.

This time circle your calendars for next week on Wednesday, December 2nd.

That is when Matt Borlenghi (Ex-Brian Bodine), William Christian (Ex-Derek Frye), James Kiberd (Ex-Trevor Dillon) and Jill Larson (Ex-Opal Cortlandt) will gather from their respective homes for this conversation with Alan Locher on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

To watch the livestream conversation click here next week beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST

What were your favorite storylines through the years involving AMC’s Opal, Ttevor, Derek or Brian?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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WATCH: Kelly Ripa’s Walk Down Memory Lane with the Stars of All My Children & More On Her 30th Anniversary with Walt Disney Company

Today on Live with Kelly and Ryan, the morning show spotlighted Kelly Ripa’s 30-year career with ABC and the Walt Disney Company; which started back in 1990 when she took Pine Valley and All My Children by storm in the role of troubled teen, Hayley Vaughan.

On this special look-back episode of the syndicated talks show many guests from Kelly’s past and present career paid tribute to her accomplishments and remembered their time working with the talented actress and host.

From All My Children, Susan Lucci took part in the special anniversary and group virtual conversation with Ripa along with Eva LaRue, Walt Willey, Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, Cameron Mathison, Finola Hughes and Dondre T Whitfield   Then, Ripa’s former Hope & Faith co-star Faith Ford was part of the festivities.

There were several special moments throughout the episode and you can watch some of them below.   Kelly made her ABC debut on this date, November 5th, 1990!

So, check out the anniversary celebration for Kelly below, and then share your well-wishes and congrats to her via the comment section.

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Kelly Ripa to Celebrate 30 Years at Walt Disney Company With Former Co-Stars of All My Children

Soap fans can say they knew her when, and tomorrow on the Thursday, November 5th episode of the syndicated talker Live with Kelly and Ryan, Kelly Ripa, celebrates her 30th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company and ABC.

Ripa started her journey as Hayley Vaughan on All My Children, a role she made her debut with back in 1990.

Joining Kelly for her anniversary with the company and network are former AMC castmates: Finola Hughes (ex-Alex/Anna), Eva La Rue (ex-Maria), Susan Lucci (ex-Erica), Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan), Dondré T. Whitfield (ex-Terrence) and Walt Willey (ex-Jackson).

Kelly stayed with All My Children until 2002, and along the way met her husband, Mark Consuelos who played Mateo on the show.

In 2001, Ripa replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as co-host of what then became Live with Regis and Kelly.  She also appeared on the sitcom Hope & Faith with Faith Ford from 2003-2006.  Ford will also participate in tomorrow’s special episode.

Check local listings in your area to watch Ripa’s anniversary celebration.

Share your favorite moment of Kelly as Pine Valley’s Hayley, or any other moment you loved in her television career via the comment section below.

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