My heart is so heavy right now writing that Regis Philbin, the TV Legend, has passed away at 88… just weeks away from his 89th Birthday.
Regis broke the Guinness World Record for the amount of hours behind a TV Camera in 2004. We woke up with him in the morning on “LIVE!”, he made us laugh, he kept us guessing along with “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” he was even the first host of “America’s Got Talent.” Regis is an Emmy winner with countless other awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
There are many rumors at the time I am writing this on how the legend passed. It is not confirmed but most sources are saying heart attack/ natural causes. Whatever the case we hope he rests in peace and knows what an impact he has had on so many and the television industry!
“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 family’s statement continued. “We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.”
He personally has influenced my career and it was my dream growing up to cohost along side him on “LIVE!”… no offense Kathie Lee! I’d have him on in the background and pretend to be his cohost as I interviewed my beanie babies.
RIP Reg…you will be missed
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