Kathie Lee Gifford past saw Regis Philbin just two weeks in the past, in what would grow to be her remaining get-together with her shut friend ahead of his dying.
Gifford, who labored alongside Philbin from 1985 to 2000 on “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee,” said that in the course of their new lunch she regrettably “sensed considerably far more fragility than I’d found in him the final time in January out in Los Angeles.”
“I was up from Tennessee, in which I dwell most of the time, and of class the initial get in touch with I generally make is to Regis and Joy [Philbin],” Gifford stated on Monday’s episode of the “Today” clearly show. “I claimed, ‘Can we get with each other, can we have some lunch?’ So they came over about two weeks ago.”
Gifford, who like the Philbins also has a property in Connecticut, stated, “We just experienced the ideal time. But soon after the Philbins left, “I just assumed to myself, ‘Lord, is that the last time I’m going to see my good friend?’ Trigger he was failing, I could notify.”
Then, Gifford claimed “something told” her the other working day to return to the East Coast again.
“I got on a airplane, arrived house, and promptly listened to the news about Regis. Referred to as Joy immediately, talked with her,” Gifford, 66, said.
Philbin died Friday of organic leads to at the age of 88.
Gifford mentioned she visited Joy, Philbin’s wife of 50 yrs, on Sunday, when they “reminisced for a minimal though.
“I was just grateful to have the time with them, comfort and ease them a small little bit, enable them know that I believe with all my heart that I know exactly where Regis is and I know who he’s with bring about I had a lot of, several discussions with him around the many years about faith, and about in which we go when this lifetime is above, and he was very curious, as normally,” Gifford recounted.
On Saturday, Gifford posted a touching tribute to Philbin on Instagram, stating, “There has never been any person like him. And there under no circumstances will be.”