Regis Philbin dies at 88, Trump condoles
Washington: Legendary TV Host Regis Philbin passed away on Friday night of natural causes, media reports said on Sunday.
“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 said in a statement.
Philbin debuted and hosted Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Million Dollar Password and the first season of America’s Got Talent.
US president Donald Trump offered his warmest condolences to the departed soul
“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….” Trump wrote on twitter.
“And to Joy, his wonderful wife who he loved so much, my warmest condolences!!!”, the President said further.
A New York native and ardent Notre Dame alum, Philbin also played sidekick to Joey Bishop on an ill-fated ABC late-night effort meant to compete with Johnny Carson in the late 1960s, and he later served as David Letterman’s frequent foil in scores of guest appearances on CBS’ Late Show.