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‘The View’ Co-Creator and Executive Producer Bill Geddie Dead at 68

Bill Geddie, a legendary television producer best known for co-creating The View, has died. He was 68.

Geddie’s daughter Allison confirmed the news on Friday, telling PEOPLE in a statement: “My father was the greatest man I knew. He was an upbeat guy who was always cracking a joke. When he had an opinion everyone wanted to hear it and they trusted what he had to say. Everything he touched turned to gold. He was kind, supportive, and had impeccable integrity. We are devastated by this loss but are so grateful that we got this incredible man in our lives for as long as we did.”

According to Allison, Geddie died Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, due to a “coronary” issue.Geddie, a four-time Emmy winner, was best known co-creating The View with Barbara Walters, which launched in 1997 featuring Walters, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar and Debbie Matenopoulos as panelists.

He remained on the talk show until 2014, earning 13 Daytime Emmy nominations throughout his tenure. In 2012, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 39th Daytime Emmy Awards.
Geddie and Walters also worked together on BarWall Productions for 25 years. He co-produced, wrote and directed Barbara Walters Specials and The 10 Most Fascinating People, according to Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter.
When Walters died in December 2022, Geddie honored her legendary career and mastery of the broadcast medium, telling PEOPLE at the time: “Barbara’s total impact on broadcasting is hard to quantify, but this much is clear — she kicked sexism and ageism squarely in the ass.”

Additionally, Geddie was a producer for ABC News’ Good Morning America, executive produced Tamron Hall from 2018 to 2020, oversaw Megyn Kelly’s celebrity-interview special in 2016, and penned the 1996 sci-fi script Unforgettable. Throughout his career, he earned six Primetime Emmy nominations.

Geddie’s impressive career achievements were just one of the things Allison and her family touched upon in a lengthier statement honoring the producer’s life.

“He was a big deal in TV, but at home he was an even ‘bigger than life’ husband and dad,” his family said.  “He had a genuine love for television and entertainment. He would try everything and did it well — screenwriting, recording podcasts, playing guitar, writing songs, and loved a wide range of music from country to jazz.  His favorite band was The Beatles, and he never thought he would have the opportunity to meet one of his personal heroes Paul McCartney in person, but his dream came true. The question wasn’t who did he meet, but rather who didn’t he meet?”

“He enjoyed connecting with people, and we know we are not the only ones who will miss his encouraging way of positive guidance,” the family’s statement continued. “He did so with enthusiasm mixed with sarcasm. His special style of humor was filled with puns. He believed in honesty. He was a kind man of integrity and always wanted to do the right thing. He lived by example. The small things made him happy too. He enjoyed a great game of golf, his peppermint ice cream, and relaxing with a Bombay gin on the rocks with jalapeno & garlic stuffed olives. We are devastated to lose him yet are grateful we had him in our lives.”

Besides Allison, Geddie is survived by his wife, Barbara, and his other daughter Lauren.

Following the news, several of The View’s panelists shared tributes in honor of Geddie.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Sherri Shepherd said of the news: “I am absolutely devastated. Bill Geddie took a chance on me and believed in me and fought for me. He had a wonderful sense of humour and his advice took me through my first season of ‘The Sherri Show.’ He was my mentor and my friend.”

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