A family statement says veteran American broadcaster Regis Philbin has died at the age of 88.
The talk show host, actor, and presenter began working on television in the mid-1950s and became famous for the national talk show Live! With Regis, first with Katie Lee Gifford and then with Kelly Ripa.
In 2011, he announced that he was retiring from the show on weekdays after having spent over 25 years.
He also introduced Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in the US version?
“For his warmth, his legendary sense of humor and his exceptional ability to transform every day into something worth talking about,” a family statement in People magazine said. Throughout his 60-year career we thank his fans and fans for their incredible support, and ask for confidentiality as we mourn his loss.
He died of natural Friday’s reasons, people said.
President Donald Trump expressed his condolences, calling “one of the greats” Philbin.
Regis Philbin has received numerous awards throughout his career, including three Daytime Emmy and Lifetime Prize.
He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2006 and received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2003.
How he announced his retirement from Live! with Regis and Kelly he said, “There comes a time when things have to stop for some people in front of the camera – especially for some older people.”
New York-born Philbin also presented the American version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and the first episode of America’s Got Talent. An entry in the Guinness Book of Records states: “The most hours on American television is 16,746.50 hours from host Regis Philbin (USA), whose career spanned 52 years as of September 15, 2011.”
Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel tweeted: “Regis was a great broadcaster, a good friend and a lot of fun. He leaves a wonderful family and a television legacy that is likely to remain unrivaled. “