See How Kathie Lee Gifford Paid Tribute to Her Late Friend Regis Philbin on His 89th Birthday

Jaimie-lee Prince
Aug 27, 2020
10:30 A.M.
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Kathie Lee Gifford sent a prayer on what would have been the birthday of her late friend, Regis Philbin. "Comfort to his beautiful family who misses him even more than we do," she wrote. 


Kathie Lee Gifford is among millions who will always remember the late legend, Regis Philbin, long after his death. The tv-personality knew the host more intimately than most. 

Gifford and Philbin hosted their show, "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" for 15 years before Gifford called it quits. During that time, she celebrated many of Philbin's birthdays. Her most recent tribute is found below.

Kathie Lee Gifford at the 28th Annual Movieguide Awards Gala at Avalon Theater on January 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images



"Today would have been our wonderful friend Regis Philbin's 89th birthday," wrote Gifford in the tweet. She also sent "heartfelt prayers and warmest wishes for peace," to his family. 

The comments underneath the post were littered with sympathetic fans and others who wanted to send well wishes to Philbin's family as well. They have been under grief since Philbin's passing on July 24. 



Soon after his death, Gifford posted an emotional tribute to her past co-host, whom she remained close friends with long after their tv separation.  She wrote in an Instagram post:

"... 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."

Regis Philbin at SiriusXM Studios on October 3, 2017 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images



On the "Today Show," Gifford revealed that she would most miss laughing with Philbin. The pair met together just days before Philbin's passing, and his wife told Gifford it was the first time he laughed in months.

Philbin continued working on "Live" alongside Kelly Ripa before finally taking his leave from the show in 2011. Prior to that, he and Gifford worked together from 1985 on "The Morning Show." 

Kathy Lee Gifford and Regis Philbin are seen in Midtown on September 23, 2015 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images



In 1988, the show changed to "Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee." It gained the hearts of millions of the nations' viewers, who could easily see the pair's on-air chemistry. 

Both Gifford and Philbin would tease each other about their personal lives. Furthermore, because they did not rehearse any scripts, there was a unique genuineness that drew fans in. 

Joy and Regis Philbin at Alice Tully Hall on June 1, 2011 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images

As soon as Gifford learned the news of the death, she called Philbin's wife of 50 years, Joy. She paid the family a visit shortly after. Philbin left behind four children, J.J., Joanna, Amy, and Daniel.