Celebrities Remember Regis Philbin in Heartfelt Tributes: "Every Day With Him Was a Gift"
Celebrity tributes are pouring in after Regis Philbin died of natural causes at age 88 on July 24. The famed television personality — best known for hosting Live With Regis and Kathie Lee, Live With Regis and Kelly, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? — touched the hearts of many, including former cohosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa. "We are beyond saddened to learn about the loss of Regis Philbin," Kelly and Live With Kelly and Ryan cohost Ryan Seacrest said in a joint statement. "He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes everyday on Live for more than 23 years. We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire everyday to fill his shoes on the show." Keep reading for more heartfelt eulogies dedicated to Regis.
Kathie Lee Gifford
"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."
Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest
"We are beyond saddened to learn about the loss of Regis Philbin. He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes everyday on Live for more than 23 years. We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire everyday to fill his shoes on the show. We send our deepest love and condolences to his family and hope they can find some comfort in knowing he left the world a better place."