Kelly Ripa tears up as she recalls learning about Regis Philbin

Emotional Kelly Ripa tears up recalling her reaction to Regis Philbin’s death… as it’s revealed TV legend will be buried at Notre Dame campus in Indiana

  • Kelly Ripa teared up on Monday’s episode of Live! with Kelly & Ryan as she told co-host about her reaction to the death of Regis Philbin
  • The TV icon died of natural causes, a month shy of his 89th birthday last Friday on July 24 
  • Philbin will be laid to rest at  the Notre Dame Campus in Sound Bend, Indiana, as he was said to be a huge fan of The Notre Dame Fighting Irish athletic teams
  • There is no date currently set for his funeral  

Kelly Ripa was overcome with emotion on Monday, as she recalled finding out about the death of TV legend Regis Philbin, her co-host for a decade on Live! with Regis and Kelly. 

Kelly, 49, was tearful as she spoke to her current Live! co-host Ryan Seacrest, revealing she was with family over the weekend when she first heard the news that Regis had died of natural causes, a month shy of his 89th birthday.

‘Mark [Consuelos] and I were lucky enough to have all of our children with us this past weekend on Saturday,’ Kelly said holding back tears. ‘We were all together when we heard this horrible news.’ 

Holding back tears: Kelly Ripa, 49, got emotional on Monday’s episode of Live! with Kelly and Ryan as she recalled how she first heard the news of Regis Philbin’s death over the weekend 

Getting more emotional, she said: ‘As people get older, you always know that certain things are inevitable and passing away is one of those things, but Regis is one of the people that we all believed, I think, would somehow figure out a way around the inevitable. It was not in the cards, I suppose.’

Meanwhile, TMZ reported on Monday that the final resting place of the TV legend will be the Notre Dame Campus in Sound Bend, Indiana, as he was said to be a huge fan of The Notre Dame Fighting Irish athletic teams. 

His funeral will take place at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the campus, though no date has currently been set. 

Legend: Meanwhile it was reported Monday that the final resting place of Regis Philbin will be the Notre Dame Campus in Sound Bend, Indiana

Tough: Kelly, 49, was tearful as she spoke to her current Live! co-host Ryan Seacrest, revealing she was with family over the weekend when she first heard the news that Regis had died

RIP: Kelly also spoke about how she held a special bond with Regis’s daughters, and how her heart went out to the late star’s family

Elsewhere in the episode of Live! with Kelly and Ryan on Monday, Kelly spoke about how she held a special bond with Regis’s daughters, and how her heart went out to the late star’s family.

Regis is survived by wife Joy Philbin, 79, and their two daughters J.J., 45, and Joanna, 47. Also his daughter Amy, 59, from his marriage to Catherine Faylen, their son Daniel died in 2014 aged 49.

Kelly has three children, sons Michael, 23, and Joaquin, 17, and daughter Lola, 19. 

Emotional scenes: Kelly also kindly shared that Regis had praised Ryan to her when they worked together on the Disney Parade

Regis is pictured alongside Live! co-host Kelly Ripa in 2001. Ripa replaced Gifford on the hit ABC morning talk show, and the pair worked together until Philbin’s retirement in 2011 

‘I just immediately thought of them and what it must feel like to know that somehow he couldn’t find the way to live forever that we all I think assumed or thought that he could…or would…or should or somehow God would give a special ticket for him,’ she said. 

Kelly also kindly shared that Regis had praised Ryan to her when they worked together on the Disney Parade.

She revealed: ‘I know from Regis and me working with you all those years hosting the Disney Parade, we always looked at you Ryan like…They don’t make ’em like Regis anymore, right?’

‘And then here comes Ryan Seacrest and Regis is like, ‘That kid has it. He’s got it.’ It’s that thing that you don’t see anymore, the work ethic and the storytelling ability.’ 

Live! With Regis and Kelly was also a ratings smash, and the pair appeared together each weekday morning for a decade. Philbin and Ripa are pictured interviewing then-Presidential nominee John Kerry ahead of the 2004 election 

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