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Longtime media persona Regis Philbin, host of “Live! WIth Regis and Kathie Lee” and “Who Desires to Be A Millionaire?,” has died. He was once 88.

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Records of Regis Philbin’s demise shook social media Saturday as his dilapidated castmates, stars and even politicians paid tribute to the wearisome TV persona.

The “Who Desires to Be A Millionaire” and “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee” host died Friday of natural causes at 88, his family confirmed in a press release despatched to USA TODAY by his representative Lewis Kay.

“We’re deeply saddened to part that our loved Regis Philbin handed away closing night time of natural causes, one month scared of his 89th birthday,” his family wrote, remembering “his heat, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular capacity to form each day into something worth talking about.”

Shortly after recordsdata of Philbin’s demise broke, tributes poured in on Twitter and Instagram.

Kathie Lee Gifford, his longtime co-host on “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee,” supplied a straightforward, fitting tribute: “REGIS. There gained’t ever be one more.”

REGIS. There gained’t ever be one more.

— Kathie Lee Gifford (@KathieLGifford) July 25, 2020

Kelly Ripa, his dilapidated co-host on “Live With Regis and Kelly,” shared an broken-down portray she and Philbin took with Mickey Mouse and Ryan Seacrest and wrote a loving joint tribute with Seacrest.

Regis Philbin dies: The loved TV host of ‘Regis and Kathie Lee’ and ‘Who Desires to Be A Millionaire’ was once 88

“We’re previous saddened to earn out in regards to the inability of Regis Philbin. He was once the final class act, bringing his laughter and pleasure into our properties everyday on Live for extra than 23 years,” Ripa captioned the portray. “We have been previous lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire everyday to occupy his shoes on the conceal. We send our deepest worship and condolences to his family and hope they may be able to earn some consolation in radiant he left the world a a lot bigger predicament.”

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President Donald Trump recalled Philbin’s advice to him once upon a time and supplied his condolences to Philbin’s wife, Pleasure Philbin.

“No doubt one of many greats within the historic previous of television, Regis Philbin has handed on to even bigger airwaves, at 88. He was once an unparalleled particular person, and my buddy. He saved telling me to speed for President,” Trump tweeted. “Holds the file for “most dwell television”, and he did it effectively. Regis, we such as you.”

No doubt one of many greats within the historic previous of television, Regis Philbin has handed on to even bigger airwaves, at 88. He was once an unparalleled particular person, and my buddy. He saved telling me to speed for President. Holds the file for “most dwell television”, and he did it effectively. Regis, we such as you….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2020

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres identified Philbin’s influence on telvision.

“Regis Philbin spent overtime on television than virtually any individual. And we have been all larger for it. Sending worship to his family and his fans,” she tweeted.

Larry King shared a portray of him and Philbin collectively and supplied his condolences to his family and wife.

“Regis Philbin was once this form of prolific capacity. He may per chance presumably lift out all of it, and we cherished him for it. I will omit him each day,” King tweeted.

Henry Winkler recalled one in every of his very first interviews for promoting “Satisfied Days,” the conceal that catapulted him to reputation as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli, was once with Philbin.

Regis was once one in every of the very FIRST interviews I did to promote HAPPY DAYS in 1975 … Regis was once one in every of a kind .. Sleep effectively https://t.co/48DrPu6nVi

— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) July 25, 2020

Lisa Rinna known as Philbin a “mountainous buddy and mentor” and famous that she would never neglect his “generosity of spirit.”

She added: “You changed my lifestyles and I gained’t ever neglect the lessons you taught me. You confirmed me guidelines on how to cruise. Would possibly perchance per chance per chance also you Relaxation In Peace with the angels.”

Historical Disney CEO, Bob Iger, wrote that he was once “heartbroken to hear that a really long time colleague & buddy, #regisphilbin handed away at the age of 88.”

He continued: “Regis graced us with heat, humor & a self-deprecating wit, continuously bringing happiness to us all. Our hearts lag out to Pleasure and to his family. Relaxation In Peace, Regis.”

Novel York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a tribute to Philbin, who was once born within the Bronx.

“Novel York lost a TV legend currently. Bronx born and raised, Regis Philbin greeted us for years with our morning espresso and at night time after dinner. His humor and enthusiasm touched millions of American citizens. My coronary heart goes out to Pleasure and his family members,” Cuomo tweeted.

Michael Strahan, who customer hosted “Live! with Regis and Kelly” shared a portray of him and Philbin collectively and wrote that he was once “heartbroken.”

“Regis was once an unparalleled man who may per chance presumably illuminate any room. He continuously made me feel special no topic if I saw him within the studio or by shock met him on the boulevard. Tale and Icon aren’t sturdy ample phrases to portray him,” he tweeted. 

I’m fully heartbroken. Regis was once an unparalleled man who may per chance presumably illuminate any room. He continuously made me feel special no topic if I saw him within the studio or by shock met him on the boulevard. Tale and Icon aren’t sturdy ample phrases to portray him. He gained’t ever be forgotten!! pic.twitter.com/DXqv0OCjX0

— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) July 25, 2020

Josh Gad was once saddened by Philbin’s passing, writing that “this one hurts.”

“A staple in our family rising up, his pleasure was once infectious and his hosting skills among the many supreme I’ve ever considered. Whether on ‘Live’ or leading ‘Who Desires to be a Millionaire’ he was once continuously charming & hilarious,” Gad tweeted.

Tony Bennett wrote: “Regis Philbin continuously made me chortle and I cherished being on his conceal as he made all people feel so welcome. We are able to omit him.”

Craig Ferguson tweeted: “Unpleasant recordsdata. Regis Philbin was once a chum and a mentor to me. I gained’t ever neglect his kindness and fortify. He in fact was once a mensch.”

Novel York Mayor Invoice de Blasio wrote about Philbin’s friendly demeanor

“Regis Philbin brought humor, heat and wit into so many properties. Many of us that never met him feel as even supposing they’ve lost a non-public buddy and that’s a testament to his personality,” he wrote. “He’s going to be uncared for.”

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