Watch Regis Philbin on America’s Got Talent: The First-Ever Host Dies At The Age of 88 [VIDEO]

Pablo Urdiales Antelo | Talent Recap

America’s Got Talent very first host, Regis Philbin has sadly passed away aged 88, his family has announced. The US TV host holds more hours on American television that any other personality in history, including his time on AGT the hit talent show. Below is a tribute to Regis Philbin on AGT as well as the full first episode oft he AGT hosted by the TV legend.

First ‘AGT’ Host Regis Philbin Passed Away

TV legend, Regis Philbin has sadly passed away, his family has announced. Philbin has worked on many shows over the years, with an outstanding record of TV appearances from Who Wants To Be A Millionaire to his very own talk show. He even hosted America’s Got Talent‘s very first season.

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“For his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss,” a family statement issued to People’s Magazine read.

People confirmed that Philbin died of natural causes.

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Pictured above: “We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career,” says family after death of US television legend, Regis Philbin [Regis Philbin pictured with Simon Cowell]

A look back at Regis Philbin’s outstanding 52-year career on television

Regis Philbin was one of America’s biggest figures on television, often called “the hardest working man in show business”. The host was known for the popular talk show, Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee which began back in 1988.

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Regis also had an incredible run on a large number of television shows including Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Crowd Goes Wild and The Joey Bishop Show. Philbin also decided to join forces with America’s Got Talent back in 2006, hosting the show alongside judges, Piers Morgan, Brandy Norwood and David Hasselhoff.

Watch The FIRST Episode of ‘AGT’ With Regis Philbin Host

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Piers Morgan, who served many years on the talent show paid his tribute to the former host on Twitter this morning.

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“Incredibly sad to hear about the death of the great Regis Philbin,’ he wrote. ‘Got to know him when he hosted Season 1 of @agt and he was one of the smartest, funniest, most entertaining & talented TV presenters to ever grace the small screen. Was so kind & generous to me. RIP.”

Rest in peace, Regis.

While we’re on the subject of America’s Got Talent hosts, you might want to check out the latest episode of the Talent Recap Show. On this week’s episode the hosts Mriganka and Samantha debate who is the all-time best host on AGT – Nick Cannon or Terry Crews? Check out each of their arguments in the video below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pablo Urdiales Antelo
Pablo Urdiales Antelo

Pablo Urdiales Antelo is a writer at Talent Recap, covering 'Got Talent', 'The X Factor', and other worldwide talent shows. Occasionally writing pop culture content, he's quick to form opinions on celebrity controversies and political revelations. He lives in London, United Kingdom.

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