Billy Crystal to Lead Emmy Awards Tribute to Robin Williams

Billy Crystal will pay tribute to his longtime friend and “Comic Relief” co-host Robin Williams on Monday’s Primetime Emmy Awards telecast.

Crystal was the logical choice to lead the Emmy tribute segment, given his long history with Williams, Emmycast exec producer Don Mischer said Wednesday during the Emmy red-carpet rollout event outside the Nokia Theater in downtown L.A.

Crystal, Williams and Whoopi Goldberg hosted eight editions of the “Comic Relief” telethons on HBO during the 1980s and ’90s, as well as a 2006 event to raise money for Hurricane Katrina relief.

Williams’ suicide on Aug. 11 at the age of 63 has rocked the showbiz community. Mischer confirmed last week that the telecast would feature a special tribute to the actor-comedian on the live telecast to air on NBC.

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  1. M Cross says:

    You know how you’re running to get errands done & you know theres something you’re forgetting. ..

    Robin Williams

    Always will be missing something & no one can fit those shoes

  2. California is the fitting state for the tribute to Mrs. Doubtfire! Robin Williams made his home in the Golden State and as we mourn your loss we celebrate your achievements the love and laughter your tender humor brought into our ordinary lives. God Bless your family as we pray for their healing.

  3. Alex says:

    How about Russell Johnson? Besides “Gilligans Island” still being popular after 50 years, he was a decorated WW2 vet. Granted Williams was a great talent but should he be singled out? Go ahead and get mad…don’t care.

  4. Jacques Strappe says:

    That’s a fine choice. Hopefully, Sid Caesar’s death and his much more significant contribution to television comedy will not get short shrift. As much as Mr. Williams is a huge talent and well known to millennials and baby boomers, his contributions to television pale in comparison to Mr. Caesar. Let’s not turn this into some unnecessary controversy like last year’s ceremony and the special attention that was placed on the drug overdose death of Glee’s Corey Monteith

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