Nas Pays Tribute to Regis Philbin With Video of the Host Rapping His Lyrics
Tributes for Regis Philbin continue to pour in from celebrities, fans, and those who worked closely with him. As people share fond memories online with old clips and social media posts, we’re reminded that Philbin’s reach extended beyond acting and cookie-cutter hosting duties.
Philbin’s personality and willingness to try just about anything earned him cool points with fans and peers. Actors, athletes, rock stars, and hip-hop artists have all been his guests, and rapper Nas is among the many to pay respects to Philbin with his own memory.
Regis Philbin hosted more than one dozen shows
Philbin passed away on July 24 at age 88 and worked in show business for 60 years. During his tenure, he rocked it as a host for game shows such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and a series of talk shows including the famous Live! with Regis.
With a resume as shiny as his personality, Philbin left an indelible mark on Hollywood. One of the other series that had him in the host’s seat was Crowd Goes Wild.
The short-lived Fox sports entertainment program aired for one year, and featured Philbin with co-hosts Michael Kosta, Katie Nolan, Georgie Thompson, and Trevor Pryce.
Past guests included Dale Earnhardt Jr., David Letterman, and the legendary hip-hop artist Nas.
Nas pays tribute to Regis Philbin
As mentioned earlier, Philbin was down to step outside his comfort zone as a host, and that included rapping. He did it.
When Nas was a guest on Crowd Goes Wild in 2014, he shocked the rapper and legit made the crowd go wild when he recited some lyrics. Specifically, he launched into Nas’ verses that name-dropped “Regis.”
After Philbin gave Nas the “illest” introduction, they chatted about the Knicks and Nas’ music, then Philbin started spitting like a pro. Nas posted a clip from the interview on Instagram with a tribute to Philbin as he quoted lines from “Take It in Blood.”
The entire segment — which included lines from “Oochie Wally” too — was hilarious and can viewed here.
Wu-Tang Clan and Regis Philbin met up too
Nas wasn’t Philbin’s only hip-hop encounter. Two members of Wu-Tang Clan also visited the set of Crowd Goes Wild. Ghostface Killah and Raekwon dropped by to talk sports, music, and their careers. Philbin gave them a friendly welcome and he received an official Wu-Tang tee.
Though he didn’t rap, his introduction was golden. Philbin said, “When I really want to let off some steam, I get in my car, I turn on the 8-track and put on a little Wu-Tang.”
Raekwon also posted a message on Instagram with a photo of himself, Philbin, and Ghostface from their time on the show. He wrote “Farewell GOOD FRIEND… MR. REGiS was a great guy and a deep philosopher. He will be missed.”
Philbin began his illustrious career in television in the 1950s and went on to act in films and TV series in addition to hosting. His final TV guest appearance was in an episode of Single Parents. During his run in entertainment, he also earned a spot in the Guinness World Record for the most hours spent on television.