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Photos: Remembering television legend Regis Philbin

NEW YORK (NEXSTAR/WJW) — Longtime television host Regis Philbin has died at 88 years old, his family confirmed to People on Saturday.

Philbin had been a staple of American television since 1988 when began his career as the host of Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee alongside Kathie Lee Gifford.

In 2001, the franchise became Live! with Regis and Kelly, co-starring Kelly Ripa. Philbin left the show in 2011 after 23 years on-air.

Philbin was also the original host of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” from 1999 to 2002.

  • 385178 12: Talk show host Regis Philbin and new co-host Kelly Ripa speak to the audience during a broadcast of “Live with Regis and Kelly,” February 5, 2001 in New York City. Ripa, who is known for her role on ABC’s soap opera “All My Children” replaces Kathie Lee Gifford who left the show in July 2000. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Newsmakers)
  • 053374 01: UNDATED FILE PHOTO: TV hosts Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford kid around for the camera during a studio session. (Photo by Liaison)
  • 368683 01: TV Show host Regis Philbin announced May 2, 2000 at the 21 Club in New York City that he and the Van Heusen Company signed a deal to market a ”Regis” dress shirt and neckwear collection for the United States market. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Newsmakers)
  • HOLLYWOOD – APRIL 10: Talk show host Larry King (L) speaks prior to Regis Philbin receiving a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 10, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
  • Regis Philbin and his wife, Joy, at the Court TV celebration of it’s 10th anniversary at American Park inside Battery Park in New York City on July 18, 2001. photo by Gabe Palacio/ImageDirect
  • NEW YORK – UNDATED: Regis Philbin returns to primetime to host Super Millionaire beginning Sunday, May 16, 2004 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Televsion Network. (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/ABC via Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK – OCTOBER 6: (U.S. TABS OUT) Kelly Osbourne and Regis Philbin appear on stage during MTV’s Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios October 6, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK – OCTOBER 19: (L-R) TV personalities Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin with actresses Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon attend the 7 UP PLUS commercial viewing party at Great Jones Spa 29 October 19, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK, NY – JULY 14: Actor Hugh Grant(L) is interviewed 14 July by Regis Philbin (C) and Kathie Lee Gifford on the set of “Live With Regis and Kathie Lee.” Grant was asked about his latest movie “Nine Months” as well as his recent incident in Los Angeles. AFP PHOTO. (Photo credit should read Steve FRIEDMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK – OCTOBER 6: Daytime talk show hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa arrive to the 2005 IRTS Foundation Awards at the Waldorf Astoria on October 6, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 30: Regis Philbin attends the lighting of the 73rd annual Rockefeller Center tree November 30, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
  • BURBANK, CA – APRIL 26: (L-R) TV personalities Regis Philbin, Tom Bergeron and actress Charo onstage during The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NATAS)
  • NEW YORK, NY – MAY 19: Regis Philbin visits “Late Show With David Letterman” at Ed Sullivan Theater on May 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)
  • GREENWICH, CT – JUNE 06: Regis Philbin and television host Kathie Lee Gifford attend Greenwich Film Festival 2015 – Changemaker Honoree Gala at L’Escale Restaurant on June 6, 2015 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images fo Greenwich Film Festival 2015)
  • GREENWICH, CT – JUNE 06: (L-R) Harry Belafonte and Regis Philbin speak at Greenwich Film Festival 2015 – Changemaker Honoree Gala at L’Escale Restaurant on June 6, 2015 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images fo Greenwich Film Festival 2015)
  • NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 01: Donald Trump, Joy Philbin and Regis Philbin attend The New York Observer Relaunch Event on April 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 28: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor Billy Crystal (L) and Regis Philbin attend the 41st Annual Chaplin Award Gala dinner at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
  • Regis Philbin attends the New York Premiere of ‘Churchill’ at The Whitby Hotel on May 22, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

He also hosted “Million Dollar Password” the first season of “America’s Got Talent” and had recurring appearances on “Today,” “Rachael Ray,” “The Talk,” “The Meredith Vieira Show” “The Tonight Show,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The View,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Good Morning America,” “Wheel of Fortune,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Jeopardy!” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and more.