Regis Philbin Shares Memories of the Late Frank Gifford: 'All of Us Will Miss Him Terribly'

by Zach Seemayer 6:45 PM PDT, August 09, 2015
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In the wake of Frank Gifford's death on Sunday, longtime friend of the family Regis Philbin shared his memories of Gifford and condolences to his family, and recalled how he recently had dinner with Frank and his wife Kathie Lee Gifford days ago.

"My wife Joy and I just had dinner last Saturday night with Frank and Kathie Lee at their lovely home in Connecticut," Regis told ET. "He looked terrific. Handsome, smiling, laughing…it was a great night."

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Regis shared some memories Frank, whose wife, Kathie Lee Gifford, worked alongside Regis for many years as hosts of Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee.

"I've spent most of my life watching Frank. From the time he brought his Southern Cal team into Notre Dame stadium in 1949, I watched him through all those pro football years with the New York Giants and, of course, heard him with Don Meredith and Howard Cosell in calling football games that could never be duplicated again," Regis shared. "That's how good they were."

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"Kathie Lee and I were working together on our LIVE morning show when she started dating Frank. I always loved trying to get her to tell me about her new romance and it wasn't long before we were watching them take their vows in front of close friends in Southhampton," Regis continued. "Frank had a great life and he and Kathie Lee raised two beautiful children, Cody and Cassidy. All of us will miss him terribly."

The Gifford family confirmed Frank's death in a statement to ET, "Frank died suddenly this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes at his Connecticut home." He was 84. For more on Frank's life and legacy, check out the video below.