Regis Philbin’s son-in-law shared a poignant tribute to the late TV icon on Twitter a week after his death. Michael Schur, who is the creator of The Good Place and has worked on other big-time shows including The Office, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Saturday Night Live, posted a message to the social media site on Friday, July 31, in which he looked back on the star’s impressive career.
The producer, who is married to Regis’s daughter J.J. Philbin, put his thoughts into a long thread. He even shared handwritten notes that his father-in-law wrote for work decades ago when he was only 25-years-old.
“I’ve never really been able to articulate what his life and career meant. It’s too huge. You can’t wrap your arms around it,” he wrote. “He literally holds the Guinness Book Record for most hours on TV. (Like 17,000, or something equally absurd).”
The message then noted that he felt fortunate that he’d never had to verbalize just how impressive or meaningful Regis’s career was because, as he noted, “Regis was always there… chatting and complaining and making people laugh. He needed no explanation.”
Michael said that he and the Philbin family had taken a look through the late star’s things in the wake of his death when they came across “four pieces of paper that kind of tell the whole story.”
He then posted photos of the four pieces of paper. They appeared to have been typed out on a typewriter and also featured handwritten notes along the edges from a much younger Regis.
The papers were sports reports Regis did many decades ago in which he talked about iconic sports stars Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, and Duke Snider. The producer pointed out that no one will ever be able to duplicate the kind of run on TV that Regis had.
He then jokingly asked the late, former America’s Got Talent host for his forgiveness as he knew how much he hated looking back at memories. Michael closed out his thread with a touching message.
“No one will ever be what he was, in the medium he dedicated his life to. What a run,” he wrote.
Michael and J.J. married back in 2005 and share two children together, a 12-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter. Regis shared four children with his wife Joy.
Regis passed away on July 24 at the age of 88 due to heart disease. His former Live! co-host Kathie Lee Gifford recently opened up about his health and said she knew he was “failing” when she saw him just two weeks prior to his death.