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Kelly co-hosted Live! with Regis (Picture: Getty) Tributes are pouring in for Regis Philbin, as the legendary US TV host dies aged 88. Regis was a stalwart of American television, most well-known for presenting Live! With Regis and Kathie-Lee (later Live! In a messaged shared with People, Regis' family confirmed: '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 and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humour, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. Advertisement 'We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.' Regis' co-host Kelly Ripa lead the tributes with a heartfelt post, in a joint statement with 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,' it reads. '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.' US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel also paid tribute to the broadcasting icon, hailing a 'TV legacy that will likely go un-matched.' 'Regis was a good broadcaster, a good broadcaster, a good friend and a tremendous amount of fun,' he wrote. Saddened to hear about the passing of Regis Philbin. Condolences to his wife Joy. ð — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 25, 2020 Awwww bless you Regis. RIP. ð¢ ðð¼ — Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) July 25, 2020 Regis was a great broadcaster, a good friend and a tremendous amount of fun. Regis, I hope our friend Rickles met you at the pearly gates with open arms and a slew of the insults you loved so much — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) July 25, 2020 RIP, Regis. A TV character if ever there was one. — Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall) July 25, 2020 Heartbroken. We will miss you regis ððð pic.twitter.com/kB8oag8BFO — Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) July 25, 2020 So sad to hear about the passing of Regis Philbin. A true icon, legend and someone who genuinely lived with love and laughter. — David Boreanaz (@David_Boreanaz) July 25, 2020 Rest In Peace Regis. You were a kind man. — âð¼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) July 25, 2020 What a loss- The wonderful Regis Philbin. I met him in 1985 when I was on the âRodney Dangerfield Young Comedians Specialâ and we loved each other ever since. Such a TV icon and above all, a good man. My sympathies to Joy and all of his children and friends. — bob saget (@bobsaget) July 25, 2020 REGIS A sucker punch. He could make entertainment out of air and he was fully in on the joke of his own corniness. He came from a particular world thatâs almost completely gone — Caitlin Flanagan (@CaitlinPacific) July 25, 2020 'He leaves behind a beautiful family and a TV legacy that will likely go un-matched.' Actor William Shatner added: 'Saddened to hear about the passing of Regis Philbin. Condolences to his wife Joy,' Hoda Kotb, who presents daytime talkshow Today said she was 'Heartbroken' at the sad news. 'We will miss you, Regis,' she added. Regis was also known for presenting the American version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and the first season of America's Got Talent. He presented Live! first with Kathie Lee Gifford, before Kelly Ripa took over. Regis and Kelly presented together until 2011, Live! now airs with Kelly and Ryan Seacrest as main presenters. Regis is survived by his widow Joy Senese, and his four children. Got a story? If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk Entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we'd love to hear from you. MORE: TV presenter Regis Philbin dies aged 88, as tributes pour in MORE: The Walking Dead boss reveals past characters could return for spin-offs: 'Keep your eyes peeled' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Regis Philbin blows a kiss as he departs Live! with Regis and Kelly in 2011 Veteran American broadcaster Regis Philbin has died at the age of 88, a family statement says. The talk show host, actor and presenter started work in TV in the mid-50s, and became famous with the national talk show "Live! with Regis", first with Kathie Lee Gifford, then Kelly Ripa. He announced in 2011 he was retiring from the weekday show, after he had hosted it for more than 25 years. He also presented the US version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? A family statement to People magazine read: "For his warmth, his legendary sense of humour, 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 and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss." He died on Friday of natural causes, People said. President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences, calling Philbin "one of the greats". Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump One of the greats in the history of television, Regis Philbin has passed on to even greater airwaves, at 88. He was a fantastic person, and my friend. He kept telling me to run for President. Holds the record for "most live television", and he did it well. Regis, we love you.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2020 Report Regis Philbin was honoured multiple times in his career, taking home three Daytime Emmy awards, and a Lifetime Achievement. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2006 and received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2003. As he announced his retirement from Live! with Regis and Kelly, he said: "There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera - especially certain old people." Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Regis Philbin with new host, Kelly Ripa, in 2001 The New York City-born Philbin also presented the US version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and the first series of America's Got Talent. A Guinness World Records entry says: "The most hours on US television is 16,746.50 hours by presenter Regis Philbin (USA) whose career spans 52 years as of 15 September 2011." Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel tweeted: "Regis was a great broadcaster, a good friend and a tremendous amount of fun. He leaves behind a beautiful family and a TV legacy that will likely go unmatched."