Kathie Lee Gifford Pays Tribute To Her ‘Precious Friend’ Regis Philbin After His Passing

Yesterday, we reported that the legendary television host Regis Philbin had passed away at the age of 88. Now, his former talk show cohost Kathie Lee Gifford is speaking out to pay tribute to him.

Gifford took to Instagram to give her thoughts on the passing of the man who she hosted “Regis & Kathie Lee” with from 1985 until 2000.

“There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift,” wrote Gifford, 66. “We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace.”

“I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life,” she added. “There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.”

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There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.

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Philbin’s death was confirmed by his family in a statement released to Fox News on Saturday.

“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. “His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him — for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, 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 and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.”

Back in 2000, Philbin opened up about his time working with Gifford.

“No arguments, no harsh words in all this time,” Philbin said of the experience of working with her. “Well, there was the time I didn’t talk to her for two weeks. Didn’t want to interrupt her.”

After Gifford left the morning show in 2000, she was replaced by Kelly Ripa, who was then best known for her acting role in the soap opera “All My Children.” Philbin ended up leaving the show in 2011, saying that while Ripa took his departure personally, he actually did so because he was getting older and it “wasn’t right for me anymore.”

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