With “Late Show” on a scheduled break last week, David Letterman didn’t get a chance to eulogize his friend and fellow comedian, Robin Williams. He spent several minutes on Monday night’s show recalling his dear friend, including a montage of some of Williams’ best moments on Letterman’s shows.
Letterman talked about the two of them coming up together through the Comedy Store. He recalled watching Williams perform, and admitted that he and the other comedians, including Jay Leno, were intimidated by Williams.
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Letterman said that while they were the morning dew, Williams was a hurricane. And he would continue being that force of nature as a frequent guest on both “Late Night” and “Late Show” for Letterman.
But more than being just a great performer and comedian, Letterman remembered his friend’s generosity. After Williams made it onto television with his star turn in “Mork & Mindy,” he tried to share some of that fortune by inviting Letterman onto the show.
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That clip was one of the ones Letterman featured in his montage of some of Williams’ best moments. Afterward, visibly moved, Letterman said, “Beyond being a very talented man and a good friend and a gentleman, I’m sorry. Like everybody else I had no idea that the man was in pain, that the man was suffering. But what a guy, Robin Williams.”