Emmys: Billy Crystal Honors Robin Williams
During 'in memoriam' segment of Emmy Awards
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 25, 2014 9:35 PM CDT
Updated Aug 25, 2014 9:45 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Billy Crystal paid tribute to Robin Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at the Emmy Awards on NBC tonight. Crystal honored Williams as part of the traditional "in memoriam" segment for industry members who died during the past year, which included a performance from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles. At last year's Emmys, Williams honored his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters during the tribute segment.

"He made us laugh hard, every time you saw him," Crystal said, according to Business Insider. "I spent many hours on stage with Robin and the brilliance was astounding. His relentless energy was thrilling. I used to think if I could just put a saddle on him and stay on for eight seconds I would do OK. ... He could be funny anywhere. We were such great friends that he would come to all of our family gatherings. ... As genius as he was on stage, he was the best friend you could ever imagine. It's very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in our lives."

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Aug 26, 2014 4:14 PM CDT
I will miss Robin. He was always so funny and an amazing actor. I still remember at the Golden Globes (I don't remember what year it was) he received an "special" award for his work with Disney. It was weird like it was like a painting, not a glass or metal. He seemed a bit confused and what the award looked like. He did the the funniest bit, everyone was rolling on the floor laughing so hard, tears were coming down my face. His mind goes thousand miles a minute.
Aug 26, 2014 2:10 PM CDT
It's the one and only time the FCC should have allowed the final words from Robin's son Zach as they exited stage right from Night at the Met........... eF It !
Aug 25, 2014 9:55 PM CDT
Good job Billy.