Kathie Lee Gifford opens up on sad last days of COVID-cooperated Regis Philbin: “He couldn’t be Regis for people”


Kathie Lee Gifford appeared on Friday’s edition of Global’s “The Talk” where she paid tribute to longtime TV partner Regis Philbin.Remembering Philbin, who died in July at the age of 88, Gifford, 67, remembers being visited by him and his wife Joy shortly before his death.

“He had been depressed in the weeks and months before, because of COVID,” she explained.

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“Regis couldn’t play nowhere, nobody was out, he couldn’t be Regis for people, you know,” Gifford continued. “And it broke his heart. One of his dearest friends had recently died of COVID, so he was pretty much in a depression I think, his wife said.

Being isolated during the pandemic, Gifford explained, has been tough on ultra-social Philbin. who considered his mission to be to entertain.

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“Régis only lived to make people happy. He certainly made me happy for the 35 years that we were great friends, ”Gifford added.

“Later after his death, two weeks later, Joy told me that was the last time she had heard him laugh, it was when he was at my house,” Gifford recalls.

“So it was a sweet gift from God to me that he bless this friendship even at the very end,” she said. “There has never been anyone like him, and there will never be another like him, ever.

“The Talk” airs weekdays at 1 p.m. ET / PT on Global.


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