Robin Williams Emmy Tribute: Watch Billy Crystal’s Heartfelt Speech

Mon, August 25, 2014 10:34pm EST by 6 Comments

Robin Williams was honored in front of Hollywood’s finest at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25. The beloved actor who tragically died by his own hands was remembered by his dear friend, Billy Crystal, in an emotional and touching ceremony.

The Emmy Awards‘ In Memoriam segment was dedicated to the late Robin WilliamsBilly Crystal spoke about his life with Robin, reminiscing on their fond memories together. “It’s very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives for almost 40 years,” Billy told the star-studded crowd. “He was the brightest star in the comedy galaxy.”

Robin Williams’ Emotional Emmy Tribute: ‘He Was The Brightest Star In The Comedy Galaxy’

Hollywood was shaken by the sudden death of Robin Williams, and on August 25, 2014, the TV community honored the late actor and comedian in an overwhelmingly emotional tribute, lead by Billy Crystal.

Fans React To Billy Crystal’s Emmy Tribute To Robin Williams

Sara Bareilles opened up the In Memoriam ceremony with a beautiful ballad, honoring this past year’s fallen stars including, Paul WalkerPhilip Seymour HoffmanJames Garner and Lauren Bacall.

Then, Billy took center stage. “He made us laugh hard. Every time you saw him…he made us laugh, big time.”

Billy reminisced on his favorite memories with Robin. “I spent many happy hours with Robin on stage. The brilliance was astounding…we were such great friends…As genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you could ever imagine. Supportive, protective, loving.”

Staying composed, he continued, “[His] beautiful light will continue to shine on us forever. The glow will be so bright, it will warm your heart. It’ll make your eyes glisten, and you’ll think to yourself, Robin Williams, what a concept.”

Footage from Robin’s first appearance on The Tonight Show was shown, followed by his Inside The Actors Studio appearance, which was voted the fan favorite episode of all time. Many more of Robin’s incredible standup acts and late night appearances were shown, ending the memorial with a moment of silence.

Billy Crystal Honors Robin Williams At The Primetime Emmys

Billy, who costarred in the 1997 movie Father’s Day with Robin, planned a “very big” special tribute, HollywoodLife.com exclusively learned.

“[Billy] wants Robin to be remebered forever and has prepared something he is really proud of for the Emmy telecast,” our source close to Billy revealed. “He is going to do his best not to cry but that is in no way a promise. Its going to be an incredible moment in honoring his friend.”

It certainly was an incredible moment, and Billy wasn’t the only Emmy attendee who honored Robin. Jimmy Kimmel wore rainbow Mork & Mindy suspenders at the show to honor the comedic genius’ famous sitcom.

Robin was tragically found dead on the morning of August 11 in his Tiburon, Calif. home. At an August 12 press conference, police confirmed the actor’s death was a suicide, and the primary cause of death was asphyxiation.

Our thoughts at HollywoodLife.com remain with Robin’s family and loved ones.

HollywoodLifers, leave a comment below to honor Robin Williams.

– Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Oona Houlihan

Posted at 8:27 AM on August 27, 2014  

I must admit I never watched anything but Mrs. Doubtfire and at the time heard he had done the “Good morning Vietnam” thing too which I then decided to watch too. That being all, I can’t relate to the “… brightest star in the comedy galaxy …” thing because in both he went much, much deeper than comedians do, and Ms. Doubtfire is tragicomedy and food for thought. Even if he didn’t write his scripts he certainly is one who -without changing a word, I’m sure- lived the characters in such a way that the screen writer would say “Oh, ‘s that MY character, wow!”.

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Posted at 8:08 AM on August 26, 2014  

Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video
to make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just
posting videos to your site when you could be giving us something informative to read?

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Terry L. Ebert Mendozza

Posted at 12:49 AM on August 26, 2014  

O captain, my captain, we loved ye so……………….

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John Doe

Posted at 11:53 PM on August 25, 2014  

Unless Im missing something you’re deliberately deceiving people into thinking you have the video Billy Crystal’s speech so that they’ll click onto your website and fin a nano-snippet or it and a load of other stuff. That’s low.

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Anne Stepien

Posted at 11:36 PM on August 25, 2014  

Did everyone forget he wasn’t the only celebrity “we” lost this year?

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jwillbrown7

Posted at 11:47 PM on August 25, 2014  

No. That’s why there was an “In Memoriam” segment as well. Robin deserved his own tribute, and it was only 23 seconds long, so I don’t see the big deal.

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