1:21 p.m. PT – Kelly Ripa – longtime co-host of Régis – has just responded to the announcement of her death with a sincere message.
She took to Instagram and posted a photo of herself, Ryan seacrest and Regis together, writing … “We are more than sad to hear of the loss of Regis Philbin. He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy to our homes every day on Live for over 23 years.”
Kelly continued, “We have been very fortunate to have him as a mentor in our career and every day aspire to fill his shoes on the show. We extend our deepest condolences and condolences to his family and hope that they can find some comfort in knowing that he has left a better world. “
Régis Philbin is dead … TMZ has learned.
The iconic TV host, actor, singer and media personality who was once dubbed “the hardest working man in showbiz” died over the weekend – according to a statement from his family.
They said People, “His family and friends are eternally grateful for the time we were able to spend with him – for his warmth, legendary sense of humor and his unique ability to make every day something worth talking about. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support during his 60 year career. “
A source said TMZ Regis died early Saturday after suffering a heart attack at his home, possibly that of Connecticut – although we have not confirmed this with the family at this point.
We know he had been battling heart disease for quite some time now – even after undergoing angioplasty in the 90s, let alone triple bypass surgery in 2007. Until last year, Regis had said that he felt relatively healthy in retirement. .
In light of his death, it must be said … Regis was a star among the stars, and had a career rich in history.
Regis made his Hollywood debut in the 1950s working on “The Tonight Show”, under which he served as a page. He continued to work in the local news for a while and even had his own show before gaining more network exposure in the 60’s on “The Joey Bishop Show”.
From there, the ball kept rolling – he replaced the talk show host Steve allen on his own show, but failed against Johnny carsonthe right grades. Regis then bounced back into the media, but stayed behind by hosting gigs … radio shows, variety shows, game shows, lifestyle shows, talk shows and more. The guy had air time.
In the late 1980s, he perhaps had his biggest break landing a co-host gig with Kathie lee gifford, which most know as “Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee” – a nationwide morning talk show that has continued to this day, with other hosts filling up over the years. years … maybe more particularly, Kelly ripa, who replaced Kathie Lee when she left her animated gig.
Régis co-hosted the show until 2011, when Michael strahan replaced it. But, even for all of these years, the man has kept busy – as game show fans may already know.
Of course, Regis is also widely known for being the original host of the uber game show, ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ – which he hosted from 1999 to 2002 … as well as for a few other spinoffs. series of special events. in 4 and 9. He also hosted other game shows throughout the 2000s, not to mention the first season of “America’s Got Talent”.
Regis has worked on countless series and TV shows over the years as a special guest, guest host, co-host or just cameos in general, including recurring appearances on “Today,” “Rachael Ray,” “The Talk”, “The Meredith Vieira Show,“ The Tonight Show ”,“ Entertainment Tonight ”,“ The View ”,“ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson ”,“ Late Show with David Letterman ”,“ Jimmy Kimmel Live! , “” Good Morning America, “Wheel of Fortune,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Jeopardy !,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” and so on.
Régis is survived by his wife, Joy, her three children as well as her grandchildren. His son, Danny, died in 2014.
Originally posted – 12:11 PM PT