We have some terribly sad news and express our utmost sincere condolences. We are so grieved to see you go, Regis, America will you miss you greatly you are loved by so many.
Regis was an extremely popular American TV personality, actor, singer, and author. The New York native was a TV legend born on August 25th, 1931 in the Bronx. He attended the University of Notre Dame, after graduating in 1953 Philbin served in the U.S. Navy. When he returned he began working towards his TV career, and boy did he work his way up!
This hardworking man is an embodiment of earning everything he's achieved; starting from the very bottom. It was his tenacity and commitment that got his first big break in show business after he began writing tongue-in-cheek reviews of KCOP-TV, Los Angeles newscast. Putting them up on walls, scoring a position as a news and sports writer. This had then landed him numerous news and reporting jobs in radio, television, and then on to anchoring. The father of four has been named "The hardest working man in show business", he was also awarded the Guinness World Record for the most hours on U.S. television.
It is recorded on the Guinness World Records as;
“The most hours on US television is 16,746.50 hours by presenter Regis Philbin (USA) whose career spans 52 years as of 15 September 2011.”
“This is an average of almost one hour a day throughout his 50-year career.” “Regis Philbin's career started in San Diego in 1958.”
Regis was the first-ever host for the show ‘America’s Got Talent’, hosting the first season, he also hosted the US version of ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’.
This extraordinary man also received a Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 than five years later in 2008, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards. Then later in 2011, Regis was honored with the Disney Legends Award, for his contribution recognizing his commitment to Disney.
Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger released a heartfelt statement via Twitter saying;
”We are heartbroken to hear that a longtime colleague and friend, Regis Philbin, passed away at the age of 88. Regis graced us with warmth, humor, and self-deprecating wit, always bringing happiness to us all. Our hearts go out to Joy and his family. Rest in Peace, Regis.”
President Donald Trump expressed his condolences via Twitter saying;
One of the greats in the history of television, Regis Philbin has passed on to even greater airwaves, at 88. He was a fantastic person and my friend. He kept telling me to run for President. Holds the record for “most live television”, and he did it well. Regis, we love you…
In the following tweet he continued;
''....And to Joy, his wonderful wife who he loved so much, my warmest condolences!!!''
The Philbin family gave an exclusive statement to the PEOPLE;
"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,"
The TV icon made his debut on national US television in 1967 on the Joey Bishop Show where he was Bishop’s announcer and sidekick.
Followed by a string of national TV shows, it was the talk show "Live! with Regis and Kathie” (Lee Gifford) and later “Live with Regis and Kelly (Ripa) that made him a famed TV host, this is where Regis is especially known. After the long haul of 25 years airing the hit weekday talk show he announced his retirement from the show in 2011 saying;
"There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera - especially certain old people."
Kathie Lee Gifford shared a beautiful post honoring her ‘precious friend’ via Instagram;
"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."
Jimmy Kimmel took to Twitter showing respect to Regis saying;
“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.”
According to the PEOPLE Regis died from natural causes.
We will not forget your modesty, sense of humor, and incredible energy you carried, you have left an irreplaceable TV legacy behind, Rest In Peace Regis.
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