David Letterman Honors Regis Philbin in Moving Tribute: 'Always the Best Guest We Ever Had'

Ripa, who took over for Gifford in 2001, also honored Philbin on social media.

"We are beyond saddened to learn about the loss of Regis Philbin. He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes everyday on Live for more than 23 years. We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire everyday to fill his shoes on the show. We send our deepest love and condolences to his family and hope they can find some comfort in knowing he left the world a better place," Ripa, 49, shared in her moving tribute.

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