On Monday, "Live With Kelly and Ryan" co-hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest remembered Regis Philbin, who died on Friday at the age of 88.
The legendary TV personality co-hosted the "Live" morning talk show for decades, beginning in 1983. It evolved into a hit program with the addition of Kathie Lee Gifford in 1988 (Gifford paid her respects to Philbin on "Today") and when she left, Ripa took her seat in 2001 with continued success. They would go on to host the show together for 11 years.
Ripa began Monday’s episode by expressing her shock, adding how she thought Philbin was literally larger than life. “Certain things are inevitable, and passing away is one of those things,” she said. “But Regis is one of the people we all believed, I think, would somehow figure out a way around the inevitable. It was not in the cards, I suppose."
Both her and Seacrest, who joined "Live" in 2017, initially didn’t believe reports of Philbin’s death.
“When you hear news like this ... you think to yourself, ‘It’s a mistake, it’s one of those dreadful mistakes’ and I can’t wait to hear Regis’s spin on this,” Ripa said, referencing Philbin’s fondness for self-deprecation.
Ripa compared Seacrest to Philbin and recalled how her former co-host gave her current co-host his stamp of approval.
“They don’t make ‘em like Regis anymore,” she said. “And then here comes Ryan Seacrest and Regis is like, ‘That kid has it. He’s got it.’’’