In 2006, Regis Philbin opened in a global interview with the Television Academy Foundation to talk about his trajectories, casualties, and most interesting moments.
The television personality, who died on July 24, 2020, also discussed the topic of how he wanted to be remembered. Here’s what I had to say.
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Regis Philbin was rested at the University of Notre Dame
Five days after his passing, Philbin’s family maintained his private memory service and burial at his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. The funeral of the television icon took place in the Sacred Heart Basilica and was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery on campus.
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“Regis stressed millions on the air over the years,” the university’s president, the Rev. John Jenkins, said in a statement, “often sharing a passionate love for his alma mater with viewers.”
“He will be remembered at Notre Dame for his unwavering support of the university and its mission, including the Philbin Studio Theater at our performing arts center.”
Philbin’s ‘Live’ producer offered a tribute to the show’s former star
He was the producer of Michael Gelman Live during the Regis and Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa years. He is still an executive producer He lives with Kelly and Ryan. Gelman and Philbin, during their years of working together, maintained a comically combative relationship. Philbin would always call Gelman off the side of the camera about one thing or another or vice versa.
In July 2020 he wrote to EW that “Regis used to say that he and I had a great father / son relationship, but that I was the father. I couldn’t agree more. Even in the early twenties when I started to work with him, he was the naughty-legged agitator and I was the one trying to keep it from getting into trouble.
“[T]Hey he broke the mold when they did it, ”Gelman continued. “He wasn’t the son I’ve ever had and a better father in one. I’ll miss him as a friend and I can only hope he and Dean Martin are together now singing ‘Pennies From Heaven,’ while Don Rickles pops to bleachers. “
As Philbin wants to be remembered
In his 2006 conversation with the Television Academy Foundation, the father of four asked him how much he would like to be remembered. Without losing any rhythm, Philbin was ready with an answer.
“Well,” he began, “I guess number 1, a nice guy did his best to give you some laughs and make you feel welcome. Lots of guys really, I get the feeling, you don’t care if you like your show or not. ”
“I want people to enjoy what I do and understand what I do is enjoy. That’s all I can ask for.”
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