- The American television industry has lost a veteran talk and gameshow host, Regis Philbin
- His family confirmed in a statement that Regis passed away on Friday night at the age of 88
- According to Guinness World Records, Regis was the most-watched person in television history with more than 17 000 hours of airtime
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Legendary TV talk and game-show host Regis Philbin has passed away at the age of 88. His died on Friday night, 24 July and his death was confirmed by his family in a statement.
Regis made TV history in 1999 when he introduced hit show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Regis was a television personality for nearly six decades.
He also wrote five books, appeared in movies, made records as a singer, gave concerts and was a one-man industry of spin-offs, from shirts and ties to medical advice and computer games, according to The New York Times.
The publication reports that near the end of Regis' career, Forbes put his nett worth at $150 million and Guinness World Records said he was the most-watched person in television history, with more than 17 000 hours of airtime — equivalent to two full years, night and day.
Former colleague Kathie Lee Gifford has shared an emotional Instagram post in honour of Regis. She wrote:
"There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift."
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In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio will produce a series based on South Africa's 2013 best-selling novel The Shining Girls. Mzansi author Lauren Beukes confirmed the good news.
Lauren said she was excited to have her book turned into an international series. She said the Hollywood star's company and MRC Television reserved the rights to make the series before the book was published.
It centres on a depression era drifter who is on a mission to hurt “shining girls", namely bright young women filled with potential. The series will star Elisabeth Moss as the Chicago reporter who survived and starts hunting for her attacker.
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