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Entertainment The Good Place creator Michael Schur pays tribute to father-in-law Regis Philbin: 'What a run'

20:09  01 august  2020
20:09  01 august  2020 Source:   ew.com

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From one TV veteran to another, Parks and Rec and Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Michael Schur paid tribute to Regis Philbin in a Twitter thread posted Friday.

Michael Schur, Regis Philbin posing for a photo: 'The Good Place' creator Michael Schur paid tribute to his late father-in-law Regis Philbin in a Twitter thread on Friday. © Todd Williamson/NBC; Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images 'The Good Place' creator Michael Schur paid tribute to his late father-in-law Regis Philbin in a Twitter thread on Friday.

Schur's connection to Philbin, who died July 24 at age 88, goes a bit deeper, however: the writer is married to Philbin's daughter J.J., who is also a TV writer and producer.

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"I've never really been able to articulate what his life and career meant. It's too huge," Schur wrote on Twitter. "You can't wrap your arms around it. He literally holds the Guinness Book Record for most hours on TV. Luckily, I've never really *had* to articulate it, because most people just kind of get it. For decades, Regis was always there, on TV, chatting and complaining and making people laugh. He needed no explanation.

"Still, I've been trying for 20+ years to find a way to explain, in a pithy way, how monumental his career was in the medium that his daughter and I both work in," he continued. "Over the past few days, I think I found it."

Schur then shared photos of four papers found among Philbin's personal collection of memorabilia ("he kept *everything*," Schur notes): the script from the legendary host's first time reading sports news on TV, in 1956, with reports on the football, baseball, and boxing news of the day. The script includes references to then-current, now-legendary players such as Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams. As Schur puts it, "Regis is 25, and he's on TV talking about Mickey Mantle (who won the MVP that year, at 24), Ted Williams, and Duke Snider. It was so long ago, the Cleveland Browns led the news."

"You want to see a career no one will ever duplicate? Here it is," he continued. "A guy who was on TV when Harvey Haddix struck out Duke Snider, and also handed million-dollar checks on a futuristic game show set. A guy who reported on both [1940s-60s Browns player] Lou Groza and Eli Manning, Yogi Berra and Gary Sanchez."

Philbin's 60-year career, of course, took him from the sports desk to legendary status as the host of Live With Regis and Kathie Lee, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and more.

"Regis hated 'memory lane,' so I hope he forgives me for this one last trip. No one will ever be what he was, in the medium he dedicated his life to. What a run," Schur concluded, adding links to donate to the New York City Food Bank and the Center for the Homeless charity in Philbin's honor.

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Gallery: Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, More Stars Pay Tribute to Regis Philbin (US Weekly)

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  Why Regis Philbin Was the Key to 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire's' Success Executive producer Michael Davies fondly recalls the "last great broadcaster," who died July 24 at age 88.I was in one those old ABC Entertainment Center offices — the one on Avenue of the Stars that's since been consumed by the CAA Death Star — when Regis called. Not many people saw Millionaire the way we did, certainly not ABC. But Regis knew it was the modern making of one of those great game shows of the 1950s. Over that call, he sold me on something I'd already been evangelizing. If he was my first choice before that conversation, he was my only choice by the end of it.

Regis Philbin wearing a suit and tie: Stars including Hoda Kotb and Jimmy Kimmel paid tribute to Regis Philbin, who died on Friday, July 24, at the age of 88. Kotb, who anchored the fourth hour of Today with Kathie Lee Gifford for more than decade until 2019, tweeted a message on Saturday, July 25, shortly after news broke of the TV legend’s passing. “Heartbroken. We will miss you regis,” Kotb captioned a photo of Philbin and Gifford, his former Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee cohost. “Regis was a great broadcaster, a good friend and a tremendous amount of fun,” Kimmel tweeted. “He leaves behind a beautiful family and a TV legacy that will likely go unmatched. Regis, I hope our friend [Don] Rickles met you at the pearly gates with open arms and a slew of the insults you loved so much.” Philbin, who began his TV career in 1961 with a talk show in San Diego, set a Guinness World Record for Most Hours on Camera in 2004, with his Twitter feed proclaiming, “17,000 hours on TV and counting, just try and stop me!”     In addition to hosting Live! with Gifford and later Kelly Ripa until his departure after 23 years in 2011, Philbin was also the first host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, winning a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Game Show Host in 2001. He also appeared on sitcoms including Seinfeld, Spin City and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. “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 said in a statement to Us Weekly on Saturday. “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,” the statement continued. “We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.” Scroll down to see more celebrity tributes to the TV legend.

The Good Place Creator Michael Schur Pays Tribute to Late Father-in-Law Regis Philbin .
"No one will ever be what he was, in the medium he dedicated his life to," Michael Schur wrote of Regis PhilbinOn Friday, the Good Place creator — who is married to Philbin's daughter J.J. — shared a tribute to the beloved star "in his memory," writing in a lengthy thread on Twitter, "I've never really been able to articulate what his life and career meant. It's too huge. You can't wrap your arms around it. He literally holds the Guinness Book Record for most hours on TV. (Like 17,000, or something equally absurd.

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