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Celebrities Like Kathie Lee Gifford Pay Tribute to Regis Philbin

Legendary TV host, Regis Philbin, has died at the age of 88. Philbin died on July 24 but left behind an incredible legacy. It all started when he hosted Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee alongside none other than Kathie Lee Gifford. They worked together there for 15 years but stayed friends until the end.

Celebrities, including his former talk show host, are paying tribute to him on social media.

Kathie Lee Gifford

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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.

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Reese Witherspoon

Katie Couric

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I’m so sad to hear this news 💔. Beloved television host Regis Philbin died on July 24th. He was 88 years old. "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," his family shared. "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. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career .” Sending love and strength to Joy, his girls and his legions of friends and fans. We ❤️ you Regis. #restinpeace #regisphilbin

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Dana Carvey

Larry King

Kelly Ripa

Joy Behar

Robin Roberts

Tanya Tucker

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I’m so incredibly sad about losing Regis Philbin. I have so many wonderful memories through the years of time spent with him. My Mother and @presleytucker made a cameo!!! We lost a true American staple, not just as a fine human being, but as wonderful entertainer who was funny and prolific interesting knowledgeable informative positive and easy to converse with and was always comfortable letting anyone (he was interviewing) shine and have their moment. Always supportive and accepting and always there to give someone he thought was talented a chance to be seen and heard by his audience. Again we Lose, heaven gained a very special soul. I’m sure he’s got all the angels laughing by now! Thoughts and well wishes to all his family -Tanya & family 🌹 Thanks to my longtime fan Mark Lewis for discovering this clip with @kathielgifford. #regisphilbin

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Vanessa Williams

Marie Osmond

John Stamos

Jimmy Kimmel

Suzanne Somers

Olivia Munn

Billy Eichner

Bob Saget

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What a huge loss- The wonderful, funny and loving Regis Philbin. I met him in 1985 when I was on the “Rodney Dangerfield Young Comedians Special.” At that time he had not started his national mega-hit morning show and intro’d Rodney at the start of the HBO special. He was so kind to me and I loved him ever since. In 1987 I got a job on the short lived “CBS Morning Program,” where, on the air out of nowhere, he slapped me in the face Rickles’-style and he yelled “Shut up Saget! You’ve got a full career ahead of you, now just shut up!” Then he put his hand on my knee. Can’t write that now without people calling it out as wrong. It was all out of love. And support. He was a sweet loving guy. That’s why Don Rickles loved him so— as well as David Letterman— as well as everyone who ever came in contact with him. I’d always look forward to appearing on his show with Kathy Lee for many years for many appearances— thanks to him. He was so gracious and so much fun to be with on the TV. A week before quarantine, my wife Kelly and I ran into Regis and beautiful Joy at The Palm in Beverly Hills. He wanted to go to lunch with me and I was going to call him the following week and set it up. We kissed goodbye… and that was the last time I saw him. I guess the punchline- that I know would make him laugh- would be, “Whatever you do, don’t schedule lunch with Saget.” Such a TV Icon host, as well as an actor and singer, and above all… A good man. My deepest sympathies to Joy and his children and friends. Rest In Peace Dear Regis.

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Tony Bennett

Michael Strahan

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