“#David Letterman tributes Regis Philbin after death: ‘Superlative’”
For another reminder of their relationship, just check out the video below from Regis’ last appearance on The Late Show prior to Dave’s retirement.
In a statement on Twitter Saturday afternoon, the publicity-shy Letterman had the following to say about the loss of his friend:
Regis is in the same category as Carson. Superlative. He was on our show a million times, always the best guest we ever had, charming, lovable and could take a punch. When he retired I lost interest in television. I love him.
Given how fondly Letterman spoke about Johnny Carson over the years, you know how important this statement is to him. We know how important both Dave and Regis were to viewers; a lot of people grew up on their interviews, and there are always going to be other late-night hosts that take some cues from what they have. We think personally there are some elements here that are similar to what Jimmy Kimmel has now with Matt Damon. (Kimmel himself is a noted disciple of Letterman’s, as he was a childhood hero to him for many years.)
There will never be another Regis Philbin, just like there is also never going to be another David Letterman.
You can read more news when it comes to Philbin’s passing over at the link here. Our thoughts continue to go to his friends and loved ones in the midst of such an unbelievably sad time.
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