RumorFix caught up with TV legend Regis Philbin on Wednesday night at SUR, just hours after news spread about the passing of his colleague, Dick Clark. Clark died at the age of 82 after suffering a massive heart attack.
“He was a great one,” Regis remarked to our photographer. “I remember admiring his work for all these years. And as I grew to know him a little more, I admired what a great businessman he was. He brought music to television and ignited that whole thing.”
Regis, who is 80, filled in for Dick during the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in 2004 when he had a stroke.
Philbin, who holds the record for hours spent on television, says that despite their roles in the same industry, he never competed with Clark. “He had production and shows that he put out there, but I worked for somebody else and that’s how I got 16,000 plus hours.”
RumorFix also spoke with American Bandstand director Barry Glazer who added, “I’m very shocked by the death of Dick. Dick was just a wonderful man.”
Check out the rest of our video interview below.