‘Charming, lovable, could take a punch’ : Letterman, Ellen and more respect Regis Philbin
“When he retired, I lost interest in television,” David Letterman composed.
Regis Philbin’s demise at 88 years old has propelled an overflowing of tributes from the amazing host’s well known companions and fans. The TV character with a 60-year profession kicked the bucket of common causes only one month short of his 89th birthday celebration, his family declared Saturday.
A scope of big names, from collaborators and to admirers, sent moving messages of regard and love across web-based social networking throughout the end of the week.
Individual television show symbol David Letterman had high commendation for Philbin on Twitter.
Comic Ellen DeGeneres likewise had a sweet message to share.
“Regis Philbin spent more time on television than almost anyone,” DeGeneres wrote Saturday. “And we were all better for it. Sending love to his family and his fans.” (Philbin really holds the Guinness World Record for most hours on TV.)
Reese Witherspoon was met by Philbin in her tribute.
“God Bless, Regis Philbin,” she tweeted. ” He always asked the most thoughtful / funny questions and was genuinely as nice on air as he was off air. My heart goes out to his family and everyone who loved him.”
Ben Stiller guided his sympathies to Philbin’s better half of 50 years, Joy Philbin.
“Sending lots of love to Joy,” wrote Stiller. “I loved Regis Philbin. A television legend. And as nice in life as he was on TV. What a career.”
Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest, who at present co-have the television show Philbin once helmed, paid tribute to the late, extraordinary performer on Instagram.
“We are beyond saddened to learn about the loss of Regis Philbin,” read the joint articulation. “He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes every day on Live for more than 23 years. We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire every day 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.”
Hoda Kotb posted an image of Philbin with previous co-have Kathie Lee Gifford on Instagram.
“Heartbroken,” Hoda said. “We will miss you regis. Nobody like you.”
After Gifford shared her own tribute, her little girl, Cassidy Gifford, posted an Instagram of Philbin and her dad, Frank Gifford, who passed on in 2015.
“The laughter I know you two are sharing together again in heaven is palpable… love you forever, Reeg,” she composed.
Jason Alexander, who featured in “Seinfeld,” thought about Philbin’s heritage in a tweet.
“I truly believed that Regis Philbin would be a presence with us forever,” he wrote. “He was a fun, funny, charming man. On the occasions I got to be with him, he was always a bright light, endlessly interesting and interested in everyone. Sympathy to his loved ones.”
“RIP to a TV icon. An amazing host, a better person. Regis will be sorely missed!” he tweeted.