Sneak peek at '20/20' special paying tribute to Regis Philbin

ABC takes a journey through the TV host’s incredible life and career during “Regis Philbin: The Morning Maestro," which airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.
3:18 | 07/28/20

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Transcript for Sneak peek at '20/20' special paying tribute to Regis Philbin
Now to our DNA cover story and the man we call the warning maestro of course we're talking about Regis Philbin. We've seen him more than anyone else on television and tonight a 20/20 special walking through the journey of his incredible life if his own words. And the people closest to him in an ABC news exclusive. I spoke with one of those dear friends Kelly were. Regis Philbin was one of a kind known for his warmth his wit his charm and his endless energy and devotion to his audience. In his own words telling Katie Couric that would be his legacy and I. I hope is being remembered most for. 171000 I was kind of a of a television camera. And several hundred of those hours with his last still host Kelly Ripa what. Went through your mind when you heard means you let this moment and my daughter sort of crystallized. Lola saying. In. Any. And eat right. And there was a moment where I hadn't. Incredible hope. It was somehow in this report when it is finally settled in. She ain't got. I I thought I can't and Joanna and AJ you doctor and of course who. Booty. We worship to a well as every. Regis absolutely everything and now. My thought. Please read and Hughes. I or my pulled away from the eleven years that I share with and lives. How can be yourself you be one person on camera and and different person once like those opt for the audience. Lohan EUR. I watched. Day this amazing footage reaches eighty sitting. Your kit so we knew blacks that put it back. History. I particularly emotional. Release. So all those clips and there's a moment what region is dressing room and she's at hand in. Hand. Says Aaron yeah. You're answering she'll literally eat. It's woman and. OK it's. When you live. Her new Berry when he. When people see me it almost seems so effortless what was his talent. Talent why I'm. Use. Completely. And know. Everybody else this Starr at her shall I would conclude around people will also be like. And you can see our special Regis Philbin the morning maestro tonight at 8 PM eastern right here an AB senior gonna hear from Regis is co host over the years. You're gonna see some rare behind the scenes footage and hear from Regis in his own words and Robert I love that Kelly said he was exactly the same person. Off camera that he was on camera. He did appear to be that they we cannot wait for the special tonight baking so much Jamie.

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