Kathie Lee Gifford, Kelly Ripa, Mary Hart, Jimmy Kimmel, Hoda Kotb and More Pay Tribute to Regis Philbin

The iconic talk show host's life and career was celebrated with heartfelt tributes across social media.

Regis Philbin, the longrunning host of talk shows and game shows such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire died on Friday night of natural causes at the age of 88, according to a family statement on Saturday. 

Following the news, Hollywood figures took to social media to pay tribute to the talk show host who entertained audiences on the small screen for over 60 years. Alongside Kathie Lee Gifford, Kelly Ripa, Mary Hart and more, Philbin hosted live morning programs in Los Angeles and New York from the early 1970s through 2011. 

Gifford wrote on Twitter, "REGIS. There will never be another." Meanwhile on Instagram, Ripa posted a photo of herself with Philbin and Ryan Seacrest, writing alongside it, "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."

She continued, "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 in a better place." 

Michael Strahan, who served as Ripa's co-host on Live from 2012 to 2016, took to Twitter to remember Philbin.

"I’m absolutely heartbroken," Strahan wrote. "Regis was an incredible man who could light up any room. He always made me feel special no matter if I saw him in the studio or ran into him on the street. Legend and Icon aren’t strong enough words to describe him. He will never be forgotten!! Sending my love and condolences to his family. I am forever grateful to have known him. RIP."

Ripa, Seacrest, Gifford and Strahan further remembered Philbin on the Monday episodes of Live With Kelly and Ryan, Today and Good Morning America.

"Regis made me co-host of the short lived Regis Philbin Show in 1981," said Hart in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "Ironically, the cancellation directly led to my thirty years hosting Entertainment Tonight. “Anyone of us who had the privilege of working with Reeeeg were made to feel like part of his family. Regis was loved because he loved people and they knew it. He had a special ingenuity with his wit, insight and relatability. “Joy was always such an important partner in everything he did. I grieve for her. Regis cannot be replaced."

Hoda Kotb shared a photo with her Today co-host Gifford, writing of Philbin's passing, "Heartbroken. We will miss you Regis." 

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel also wrote a tribute to the legendary television host. "Regis was a great broadcaster, a good friend and a tremendous amount of fun. He leaves behind a beautiful family and a TV legacy that will likely go unmatched. Regis, I hope our friend Rickles met you at the pearly gates with open arms and a slew of the insults you loved so much." Kimmel, who currently hosts the revived Who Wants to be a Millionaire on ABC, also posted a photo of himself embracing Philbin on Instagram. 

"Regis is in the same category as Carson," wrote David Letterman. "Superlative. He was on our show a million times, always the best guest we ever had, charming, lovable and could take a punch. When he retired I lost interest in television. I love him."

Bob Iger wrote on social media he was "heartbroken" to hear that "longtime colleague and friend" Philbin had passed away. "Regis graced us with warmth, humor & a self-deprecating wit, always bringing happiness to us all. Our hearts go out to Joy and to his family. Rest In Peace, Regis," the Walt Disney Company executive chairman added. 

"We are heartbroken to hear that a long time colleague & friend, #regisphilbin passed away at the age of 88. Regis graced us with warmth, humor & a self-deprecating wit, always bringing happiness to us all. Our hearts go out to Joy and to his family. Rest In Peace, Regis."

Ellen DeGeneres wrote on Twitter, "Regis Philbin spent more time on television than almost anyone. And we were all better for it. Sending love to his family and to his fans."

Piers Morgan remembered Philbin as "one of the smartest, funniest, most entertaining & talented TV presenters to ever grace the small screen."

Lisa Rinna described Philbin as a "great friend and mentor" and his passing as "the end of an era" on social media. She also wrote, " I will never forget your generosity of spirit sweet Regis. You changed my life and I will never forget the lessons you taught me. You showed me how to fly. May you Rest In Peace with the angels."

Josh Gad shared his condolences on Twitter, writing "This one hurts. A staple in our household growing up, his joy was infectious and his hosting skills among the greatest I’ve ever seen. Whether on "Live" or leading "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" he was always captivating & hilarious. #RIPRegis."

See these tributes and more below.