Regis Philbin, the longtime host of Live! and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, died over the weekend at 88. Philbin, who was not recently sick, passed in his sleep on Friday. Kelly Ripa, his co-host on Live with Regis and Kelly from 2001 to 2011, when he stepped down at age 80, posted a picture of her and Regis on Instagram. “He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes every day on Live for more than 23 years,” she wrote. Kathie Lee Gifford, his first co-host on Live, also shared her love. “There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis,” she posted. “I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift.” Philbin holds the Guinness Book of World Records mark for most hours on US television with a staggering 16,746.50 hours logged in a career that spanned more than five decades. The host was known for his recognizable voice, breezy interviews, and friendly demeanor.
REGIS. There will never be another.
— Kathie Lee Gifford (@KathieLGifford) July 25, 2020
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.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) July 25, 2020
Regis Philbin was a great tennis player.
We had such fun playing as a mixed doubles team in @ChrissieEvert’s tennis tournament fundraiser against her and President George H.W. Bush.
You will be missed, Regis.
📷: Art Seitz pic.twitter.com/czEvecDmby
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) July 26, 2020
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