Regis Philbin, the genial host who shared his existence with tv audience over morning espresso for many years and helped himself and a few enthusiasts strike it wealthy with the sport display Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, has died at 88.
Philbin died of herbal reasons Friday evening, simply over a month earlier than his 89th birthday, consistent with a remark from his family members supplied by means of spokesman Lewis Kay.
Celebrities robotically stopped by means of Philbin’s eponymous syndicated morning display, however its center was once within the first 15 mins, when he and co-host Kathie Lee Gifford — on Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee from 1985-2000 — or Kelly Ripa — on Live! with Regis and Kelly from 2001 till his 2011 retirement — bantered in regards to the occasions of the day.
Ripa and her present spouse, Ryan Seacrest, referred to as Philbin “the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes every day.”
After hustling into an leisure profession by means of parking automobiles at a Los Angeles TV station, Philbin logged greater than 15,000 hours at the air, incomes him popularity within the Guinness Book of World Records for probably the most broadcast hours logged by means of a TV character, a document in the past held by means of Hugh Downs.
He was once host of the prime-time sport display, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, in brief tv’s most well liked display at the flip of the century. ABC aired the family-friendly program as incessantly as 5 instances every week. It generated round $1 billion in income in its first two years — ABC had mentioned it was once the extra winning display in TV historical past — and helped make Philbin himself a millionaire repeatedly over.
Philbin’s query to contestants, “Is that your final answer?” turned into a countrywide catchphrase. Philbin was once even a manner trendsetter; he put out a line of monochramactic shirts and ties to check what he wore at the set.
In 2008, he returned in brief to the quiz display layout with Million Dollar Password. He additionally picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award from the daylight hours Emmys.
He’s survived by means of his spouse, Joy, and their daughters J.J. and Joanna Philbin, in addition to his daughter Amy Philbin along with his first spouse, Catherine Faylen, consistent with People.