How I Met Your Mother: The True Story Behind Regis Philbin’s Cameo
Regis Philbin made a hilarious cameo during How I Met Your Mother season 4, and it just adds to his impressive legacy in the world of TV.
Regis Philbin had one of the greatest guest appearances in How I Met Your Mother‘s history. The CBS sitcom, which ran from 2005 to 2014, hosted a slew of notable figures over its run, but not many cameos came close to Philbin’s memorable appearance. As an actor, TV presenter, talk show host, and game show host, Philbin ended up with the Guinness World Record for the most hours on U.S. television. Unfortunately, his career came to an end in July when Philbin passed away at the age of 88.
Philbin had a monumental career, but he was best known for the syndicated talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee and his hosting duties on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. As a prominent figure in the world of entertainment, Philbin had a habit of guest-starring in TV shows and movies as himself. In How I Met Your Mother season 4, Philbin playing a rage-fueled version of himself in “The Best Burger in New York.” Marshall (Jason Segel) was on the search for the “best” burger, which he had when he first moved to town years prior. He couldn’t recall the restaurant, but he did remember an autographed Regis Philbin picture on the wall. After meeting the celebrity at Barney’s (Neil Patrick Harris) gym, Marshall found that Philbin was also on the search for the burger joint.
The beloved figure’s role in the sitcom was hard to forget, especially for his hilarious threatening demeanor and penchant to destroying objects because of his rage. This was obviously so far from his real behavior that it was presented as a parody of the TV veteran. It’s also important to note Philbin was the host of the fictional Million Dollar Heads or Tails within the HIMYM universe — a clever nod to his game show host past. Now with Philbin’s death, his past career has a new meaning. His How I Met Your Mother cameo will always be a piece of his legacy. It also proved just how connected he was in the world of entertainment, which is how he got the cameo role in the first place.
Philbin & The HIMYM Creators Had Connections To Late Night TV
How I Met Your Mother and CBS certainly couldn’t pass up the chance to feature the godfather of TV in an episode. It’s unclear what drove the cameo appearance, but Philbin was a regular guest on the Late Show with David Letterman, the same talk show that employed Carter Bays and Craig Thomas before they eventually developed How I Met Your Mother. It’s likely that the pair became familiar with Philbin, and vice versa, leading to a special guest role in their future sitcom.
Either way, the cast certainly had fond memories of Philbin’s guest appearance. Josh Radnor, who played Ted, shared a tribute to the late actor on his Instagram. Though he didn’t know the man well, Radnor described Philbin as “incredibly kind, present, and gregarious, the rare TV star with no discernible change from his on-camera to off-camera personality.” He then ended the heartfelt post with the hope that Philbin is enjoying the best burger wherever he is. The rest of the How I Met Your Mother fandom surely agrees.Regis Philbin made a hilarious cameo during How I Met Your Mother season 4, and it just adds to his impressive legacy in the world of TV.
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