Jimmy Kimmel pays tribute to Regis Philbin ahead of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ premiere

Jimmy Kimmel paid a unique tribute to Regis Philbin forward of Sunday’s “Who Needs to Be a Millionaire?” premiere.

“Who Needs To Be A Millionaire” returns to high time on Sunday, Oct. 18. The season will likely be hosted via Kimmel, 52, who additionally serves as a co-executive manufacturer. Previous to his loss of life in July at age 88, Philbin visited Kimmel on set and the 2 mentioned the past due leisure icon’s legacy at the ABC display.

Philbin, additionally identified for his webhosting tasks on “Are living!” with cohosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa, hosted “Who Needs to Be a Millionaire?” from its debut in 1999 till 2002.

A number of hosts have taken over the function as host at the sport display, alternatively Philbin’s legacy nonetheless reigns.

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Regis Philbin passed on to the great beyond in July on the age of 88 from center illness, the Leader Clinical Examiner’s Administrative center in Connecticut showed.
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ABC launched a video tribute forward of Sunday night time’s premiere that displays the past due host visiting Kimmel on set and chatting with him in regards to the function.

“I’m webhosting this display, however that is his display,” the “Jimmy Kimmel Are living” host mentioned within the video, joking that it is like Philbin “left me a fantastic automobile.”

All over their time in combination, Kimmel gushed over Philbin and declared, “Nobody will ever be higher at doing this than you. That’s why folks love this display. It’s a super sport, however Regis is the explanation.”

Kimmel’s first episode will function famous person contestant Tiffany Haddish. Audience will even see some other tribute that may air right through the season premiere, longtime “Millionaire” display manufacturer Michael Davies showed to the New York Publish.

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“It used to be crucial to Jimmy and I that we give Regis a right kind tribute,” Davies mentioned.

The manufacturer printed Kimmel wrote a “gorgeous tribute to Regis” and that there will likely be a short lived spotlight of Philbin’s maximum memorable moments. “That used to be very tough to condense however I discovered some nice moments that enthusiasts of the display will be mindful,” he mentioned.

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“We give him an emotional sendoff at the degree and the studio he owned,” the manufacturer added. “We’re all right here on account of Regis Philbin and everyone knows that.”

Davies then touched on Kimmel and Philbin’s sturdy connection.

Jimmy Kimmel will host the upcoming season of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" It premieres on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Jimmy Kimmel will host the impending season of “Who Needs to Be a Millionaire?” It premieres on Sunday, Oct. 18.
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“Regis used to be keen on Jimmy’s lengthy prior to [Jimmy] used to be well-known,” he mentioned. “We booked Jimmy at the famous person version of ‘Millionaire’ when he wasn’t truly a star. Regis used to be tickled via him; I be mindful the night time Jimmy first were given on Letterman … Regis calling me and guffawing out loud at the telephone staring at Jimmy.”

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The manufacturer added: “He used to be proud and felt he used to be relatively answerable for bringing Jimmy on tv. There used to be a super affection between the 2 males; it’s essential to see it on each visitor look Regis made on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Are living.’”

“It used to be crucial to me to search out [a host] who Regis would bless and consider worthy of taking his seat,” Davies mentioned.

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