Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers recall their first time meeting Don Rickles

Danny Woods
April 20, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel was in tears as he honored Rickles, who frequented Jimmy Kimmel Live-17 times over the years-and became a dear friend.

"I'll tell you right up front that I'm going to cry". "I'm not good at this sort of thing".

The star explained how he grew up in Las Vegas and followed Rickles from an early age. "The Sinatra stories are great", Kimmel once confessed to Rickles, "but if Sinatra was here, I'd be asking him for stories about you".

"He would always ask about my parents, my kids", Kimmel continued.

After sharing some classic tales of what Rickles was like when he was around friends-pretty much exactly the same quick-witted wisecracker-Kimmel offered up some notes and messages Rickles had written him over the years.

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Actor Reece Shearsmith tweeted: "RIP the legendary "Mr Warmth" himself - Don Rickles". On The Late Show, Colbert recalled losing to Rickles at the Emmys, only to soon be embraced by the comic afterward.

Kimmel remembered Rickles's first appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on November 13, 2006 - Kimmel's birthday. "I got to know him well after that". Patton Oswalt joked on Twitter: "In lieu of flowers, Don Rickles' family has requested that people drop their trousers and fire a rocket".

The statement read: "He was called "The Merchant of Venom" but in truth, he was one of the kindest, caring and most sensitive human beings we have ever known. He just looked at me and said, 'Oh, I'm so sorry to hear Saturday Night Live was canceled.' I was like, 'Oh, it wasn't canceled.' He just went, 'A guy can dream!'" As someone who loved Rickles "very much", the host began his tribute by unnecessarily apologizing for his emotional state. Just endless mischief and nonsense, and a guy who would make the audience go completely insane. "But there's nothing better than comedian funerals, because everyone tells the best jokes".

Even though the man had a successful career as an actor, his bread-and-butter was comedy club appearances. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family".

Passing away at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, Rickles was one of the last bastions of old-time, vintage comedy. "A dear pal that we will all sorely miss".

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