In 2006, Regis Philbin opened in a comprehensive interview with the Television Academy Foundation to discuss his career ups and downs and highlights.
The TV personality, who died on July 24, 2020, also discussed the topic of how he wanted to remember. Here’s what he had to say.
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Regis Philbin was laid to rest at the University of Notre Dame
Five days after graduating, Philbin’s family held a private memorial service and buried them at their alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. The burial of the television icon took place in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery in the cemetery.
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“Regis has ruled millions of air over the years,” University President Rev. John Jenkins said in a statement.
“At Notre Dame, he will remember his continued support for the university and its mission, including the Philbin Studio Theater at our Center for the Performing Arts.”
Philbin’s “live” producer offered a tribute to the show’s former star
Michael Gelman was the company’s producer live during the years of Regis and Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa. He is still an executive producer You live with Kelly and Ryan, Gelman and Philbin had a comical fighting relationship during their years together. Philbin would always shout at Gelman’s cry for one thing or vice versa, or vice versa.
In July 2020, EW wrote that “Regis said that he and I had a great father / son relationship, but that I was a father. I couldn’t agree more. Even in my first 20 years, when I first started working with him, he was a malicious mixer and I tried to keep him out of trouble. “
“[T]when they made it, he broke his mold, “Gelman continued. “He was a son I never had and a bonus father in one.” I will miss him as a friend and I can only hope that he and Dean Martin will sing “Pennies from Heaven” while Don Rickles crouches from the stands. “
As Philbin wants to remember
In an interview with the Television Academy Foundation in 2006, the father of four was asked what he would like to remember. Philbin was unanswered and ready to answer.
“Well,” he began, “I think number one, a nice guy who did his best to give you some laughter and make you feel welcome at his show.” I really feel a lot of people, I don’t care if you like their show or not. “
“I want people to enjoy what I’m doing, and to understand what I’m doing, it’s for their pleasure. That’s all I can ask for. “
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