TV legend Regis Philbin dies at age 88

Regis Philbin had a very active on screen career. The 88-year-old has been on TV for over 6 decades. The talk show host died on Friday, July 24th f natural causes. Read the full post below.

  • During the time he hosted Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Regis became the king of prime time.
  • He holds the Guinness World Record for the most hours on U.S. television.
  • Curious fact: Regis hosted the first season of Reality TV show America's Got Talent in 2006.

The television legend was a cherished talk and game show host. He became the biggest name on television. He got his start in TV in 1967 as Joey Bishop's sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show. He co-hosted Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee for 15 years starting in 1988, which later in 2001 became Live! with Regis and Kelly. Philbin left the show in 2011.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire premiered in 1999

Kathie Lee Gifford said Philbin was a master at daytime television "and I felt very grateful to be a part of history." Regis was known for his approachable New York accent, his wit, and his irreverent ad-libs. People usually tuned in his morning shows to engage in the first 15 minutes or so where Regis talked about the events of the day, sharing anecdotes and funny stories. 

Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee

Philbin's family confirmed the news in a statement which read: "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". After news of his passing tributes flooded social media. 

The television host appeared in many sitcoms such as How I Met Your Mother, New Girl, Family Guy and his most recent appearance was in April on “Single Parents,” an ABC comedy co-created and executive-produced by his daughter, J.J. Philbin.

Regis Philbin and his wife Joy, with whom he also shared the screen

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