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Kathie Lee Gifford Opens Up About The Last Time She Saw Regis Philbin Before His Death

The world was saddened to learn of the passing of legendary television host and icon Regis Philbin, who passed away on July 25th at the age of 88 years old from natural causes.

Now, one of Regis' closest friends and coworkers Kathie Lee Gifford has opened up about her last experience with Regis less than a month ago.

Regis and Kathie Lee Gifford co-hosted *Live! With Regis And Kathie Lee* from 1988 to 2000.

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The two remained extremely close friends after Kathie Lee exited the show, and Kathie Lee revealed that Regis had visited her just two weeks before his passing in an emotional interview on the Today Show.

Kathie Lee opened up about how she felt immediately that Regis was not in the best health.


"I saw Reeg get out of the car with [his wife] Joy and I sensed much more fragility since the last time I saw him in January in Los Angeles," Kathie Lee stated, but continued, "We always just picked up right where it [left] off."

"It's been 20 years since I left the show and we've been dear friends in the years since then," Kathie Lee said.


"We had the best time and after they left, I thought to myself, 'Lord, is that the last time I'm going to see my friend?' Because he was failing, I could tell," Kathie Lee revealed, noting that she had become concerned for his health.

"I didn't want to intrude on their private family time," Kathie Lee said of Regis' family since his passing.


"I was just grateful to have that time with them, comfort them a little bit, let them know I believed with all my heart I know where Regis is and I know who he's with, because I had many many conversations with him over the years about faith, about where we go when this life is over and he was very curious as always, listened."

"I'm just so grateful the Lord gave me that final time and it was so precious, because when I talked to Joy the day after he had passed, she said, 'Kathie, he hadn't laughed in a long, long time. I was so worried about him.'"

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Kathie Lee said that Joy told her "'The day we came to have lunch with you was the last time I heard him laugh,'" and added, "That will forever be a precious gift the Lord gave me, that I got to laugh again with one of my best friends in all my lifetime."

Our thoughts are with Regis' loved ones at this difficult time.