Regis Philbin who debuted and hosted the US version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire and the first season of America’s Got Talent died due to natural causes at the age of 88. His family announced in a statement to People Magazine that read,’ For his warmth, his legendary sense of humour, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. We thank hi fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.’
President Trump tweeted his condolences calling Philbinas 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. Hold the record for ‘most live television’ and he did it well.Regis, we love you..’
He became famous with his national talk show ‘Live! With Regis’, with Kathie Lee Gifford, then Kelly Ripa. He had announced his retirement in 2011 from the weekday sow after he hosted it for more than 25 years.
He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2006 and also received a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star in 2003. He also holds a Guinness World record for the most hours on US television is 16,746.50 hours with a career spanning 52 yeast as of 15 september 2011.