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Regis Philbin, Host Of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” Dies At 88

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Regis Philbin, TV host popular for his long run on the syndicated morning talk show “Live” and ABC’s primetime hit game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” is dead. Regis died of natural causes on Friday 24th July 2020. He was 88.

“His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him.  For his warmth, his legendary sense of humour, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about.

We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career. We also ask for privacy as we mourn his loss,” the Philbin family said in a statement.

Regis Philbin, Host Of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” Dies At 88

Despite his approachable personality, Philbin, however, took care not to outshine his guests. “You just don’t go to the next question and you don’t jump all over the guest. You let them be the star of whatever time they have with you,” he said.

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Regis Philbin won a Daytime Emmy for being an outstanding talk show host in 2011, with co-host Ripa, for his final year on “Live With Regis and Kelly.” Furthermore, he won a Daytime Emmys in 2001, for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” He was also honoured in 2008 with a Daytime Emmy award for his lifetime achievement.


He leaves behind a wife, Joy Senese Philbin, and their two daughters.

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