Jimmy Kimmel, who developed an off-air friendship with the man known as “Mr. Warmth”, expressed how deeply he will miss “one of the greatest talk show guests of all time.” “We lost someone that we and I love very much today. I was fortunate enough to — not only have Don on this show as my guest – but also to become close to him,” Jimmy stated.
He then presented a special montage highlighting the comedian’s best moments on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Seth Myers also took time out of his show, Late Night with Seth Myers, to discuss the brilliant mind of the Casino actor. “He was one of the all-time greats,” he explained.
The former SNL cast member even recalled the hilarious encounter he had with Don at a Hollywood party a few years ago. “He just looked at me and said ‘Oh I’m so sorry that Saturday Night Live got cancelled,’ and I was like ‘Oh it wasn’t cancelled.’ [Then he just said] ‘Oh a guy can dream!’”
RIP Don Rickles. pic.twitter.com/dOk3ycHgao
— Late Night (@LateNightSeth) April 7, 2017
Seth signed off the video expressing his gratitude towards Don. “We should be thankful that we got enjoy his comedy for all these many years.”
Stephen Colbert also honoured the star during his opening monologue.
Tonight: The Late Show remembers legendary comedian Don Rickles, who hugged Stephen once and made him feel like a "made man." pic.twitter.com/J6sq2LabgC— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) April 7, 2017
Although Stephen did not personally know the legendary comedian, he told the story about the time he got a chance to meet Don backstage at the Emmys. “He hugged me and told me I was good, and I felt like a made man,” the television and author told the audience.
The late stand-up comedian was known for his iconic roles such as ‘Mr. Potato Head’ in the Disney animated feature Toy Story. Hewasalways the one to make people laugh, including Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show decades ago.
Don Rickles leaves behind wife Barbara and his daughter Mindy.