Regis Philbin, longtime tv character, dies at 88

Regis Philbin throughout an interview on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” July 16, 2014.

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Regis Philbin, the longtime tv broadcaster who hosted the discuss present “Live With Regis & Kathie Lee!,” has died. He was 88. 

He died on Friday of pure causes, in accordance with his household. 

“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,” his household wrote in an announcement. 

Philbin grew to become an iconic tv host in 1988 with the premier of his discuss present “Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee,” staring alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. The present later grew to become “Live! with Regis and Kelly” in 2001 when Gifford departed and was changed with Kelly Ripa. Philbin left the present in 2011. 

He was additionally the unique host of the extensively identified sport present “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” from 1999 to 2002. His internet hosting profession additionally included “Who Wants to Be a Super Millionaire,” “Million Dollar Password” and the primary season of “America’s Got Talent.” 

Philbin gained Daytime Emmy Awards in 2001 and 2011 for excellent discuss present host and a Daytime Emmy Award for excellent sport present host for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”  He additionally gained a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.

Born in 1931, Philbin was raised within the Bronx, New York, and later graduated from the University of Notre Dame. After serving within the Navy, Philbin served as a web page for the “Tonight Show” within the 1950s. He gained his first community TV publicity in 1967 as Joey Bishop’s sidekick on “The Joey Bishop Show.”

Former co-host Kelly Ripa posted a tribute to Philbin on Instagram Saturday, writing that 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.” 

Former Disney CEO Bob Iger tweeted his condolences to Philbin’s household on Saturday, saying “Regis graced us with warmth, humor & a self-deprecating wit, always bringing happiness to us all.” 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio additionally tweeted that Philbin “brought humor, warmth and wit into so many homes. Many people who never met him feel as though they’ve lost a personal friend and that’s a testament to his character.”

President Donald Trump referred to as Philbin “one of the greats in the history of television.” 

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