After 15 years as co-hosts of “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” (now “Live with Kelly and Ryan”), Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford became one of the most beloved duos in television history. Entertaining America Morning After Morning on the ABC show, the duo forged a close, no-secret friendship during that time. “Kathie Lee, do you want to know the best part of my life? My television life? Was in the 15 years I spent with you,” Philbin gushed in a sweet goodbye message for Gifford in 2019 as she left Today. “We stayed friends throughout the game and it was a lot of fun,” he added.
It came as no surprise, then, that Gifford was heartbroken by Philbin’s sad death in July 2020. Taking to Instagram to pay a touching tribute to her late longtime friend, the star shared a photo of herself and the beloved former America’s Got Talent host alongside a poignant caption that read, “There are no words to describe the.” To fully express the love I have for my precious friend Regis. I just adored him and every day with him was a gift.” Gifford also sent her love to Philbin’s family, captioning her post, “There’s never been anyone like him. And there never will be.”
Now, Gifford is once again honoring her late friend on social media with a sweet message for his 91st birthdaySt Birthday.
Kathie Lee Gifford misses Regis Philbin every day
Gone but never forgotten. Kathie Lee Gifford proved that her future former co-star Regis Philbin is still fondly remembered two years after his death by sharing a birthday post for the former Who Wants To Be A Millionaire host on Instagram. “I miss Regis every day. But this is an especially difficult day as we remember this amazing man who would have lived to be 91,” she captioned a black and white snap of the two, adding, “Sending love to [Philbin’s wife] Joy and the rest of her family as they celebrate an extraordinary man and life.” Many fans fondly remembered the late star in the comments, including one who wrote, “Miss you both together. There is no other talk show that can compare to yours. You were both the best.”
Philbin’s family announced his death in a statement to People, saying the 88-year-old died of natural causes. A coroner later confirmed Philbin suffered a myocardial infarction caused by his coronary artery disease, according to Entertainment Tonight.
At the time of his death, tributes were pouring in for Philbin, including from Kelly Ripa – who sat alongside him on “Live” for several years after Gifford’s departure – and Ryan Seacrest, who now hosts the show alongside Ripa. “We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have him as a mentor in our careers and strive every day to fill in his footsteps on the show,” they said in a joint Twitter Expression.