Celebrities, politicians pay tribute to legendary TV icon Regis Philbin

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Celebrities and public figures are paying tribute to legendary TV personality Regis Philbin, who died at age 88.

Celebrities and public figures are paying tribute to legendary TV personality Regis Philbin, who died at age 88.

Philbin was best known for the syndicated morning talk show "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee," which later became "Live with Regis and Kelly once Kelly Ripa joined in 2001.

Kelly Ripa, his long-time co-host, posted in a note signed with Ryan Seacrest: "We are beyond saddened to learn about the loss of Regis Philbin. He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes everyday on Live for more than 23 years. We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire everyday to fill his shoes on the show. We send our deepest love and condolences to his family and hope they can find some comfort in knowing he left the world a better place."

The "Live" family released a statement Saturday saying: "Our hearts are broken to learn the news about Regis' passing. Regis originated "Live" as a local New York broadcast back in 1983, and for more than 27 years he poured his heart and soul into the show. Many of the members of our staff began their careers at "Live" with Regis, and were lucky enough to learn from a master broadcaster. Our hearts go out to Joy and his family."

Philbin's death has drawn condolences from all all areas of public life, including President Trump, who called him a "fantastic person, and my friend. He kept telling me to run for President."

His pioneering career began at the dawn of television, and he logged so much time on TV that he set a Guinness World Record for most hours on camera with his Aug. 20, 2004 "Live!" show. Philbin co-hosted "Live!" for 28 years, the zenith of a long career in talk shows.

He was also the host of the popular "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" on ABC.

Kelly Ripa

Ryan Seacrest

Kathie Lee Gifford

'Live' Executive Producer Michael Gelman

Disney CEO Bob Chapek

Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger

Jimmy Kimmel

Michael Strahan

Chris Harrison

David Letterman

Michael Kay

Larry King

Joy Behar

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

President Trump

Former NJ Governor Chris Christie

Tony Bennett

Susan Lucci

Bob Saget

Bernadette Peters

Pee-wee Herman