Upper West Sider, Regis Philbin, Dies at 88

Iconic television host and Upper West Sider, Regis Philbin, passed away at the age of 88 on July 24.

Philbin’s family sent a statement to several outlets.

“We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday. His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him — for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about.”

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Regis lived at Millenium Tower, located at 101 West 67th Street, with his wife Joy. After living on the Upper East Side’s Park Avenue for years, Regis convinced his wife to move across the park to shorten his commute to ABC Studios, where tapings for Live with Regis and Kathie Lee took place.

In a 2001 interview with Architectural Digest, Regis described his former commute as quite treacherous. “I was absolutely going nuts taking cabs from Eighty-second and Park to Ninety-second, where I dropped the kids off at school, heading down Fifth Avenue, across Central Park, then up to Sixty-seventh, the most tortured, congested street in America. It was a nightmare.”

He then recounts his eventual success in persuading Joy to move to the condo, which was mid-construction at the time. “I brought her up to see the view from the new building. We got into this rickety elevator—one side of which was chicken wire—that the construction guys were using, and it scared the hell out of her. She screamed all the way to the fifty-first floor. I said, But, Joy, look at this view! I’ve always wanted a view like this.”

An outpouring of love began shortly after the announcement of Philbin’s passing.

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