It all started Thursday morning, when the Hamilton creator tweeted out the daily inspirational message to his followers — this time, featuring a GIF of Matarazzo grinning from a scene in Netflix's supernatural series, writing:
"Good morning. Your smile is worth a fortune, and yours to spend as you wish."
Matarazzo took that advice, proceeding to spend his morning star-struck about being the subject of LMM's Tweet. He promptly responded:
Fans flocked to Twitter to make their disappointment known in regard to The Voice star not being mentioned among the legendary stars who passed away this year, including Gene Wilder, Garry Marshall, Muhammad Ali, Garry Shandling, Doris Roberts, and more.
Because The Voice earned a trophy for Best Reality Competition Show, fans were especially upset over Grimmie's absence — but this isn't the first time the 22-year-old has been left out of an award show since her tragic slaying this June.
The comedian stopped by The Tonight Show on Tuesday, and opened up to Jimmy Fallon about how much he misses his comedic partner in crime, saying:
"He was sick, and I knew it. And he was such a dear friend. I expected it. I expected he would go but, I don't know, when it happens, it's still tremendous. It's still a big shock, you know. I'm still reeling from that no more Gene. I can't call him. And he was such a wonderful part of my life."
Even though recalling his fondest memories of the Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory star was clearly emotional for the New York native, he went on to describe some of his best moments with the acclaimed actor.
He hilariously recounted the first time he met the thespian, pitching The Producers to him, crafting the concept for Young Frankenstein together, and many other enjoyable encounters.
And, Mel even got the audience laughing in the wake of Gene's sad passing. Take a look at the clip (above) for the filmmaker's touching tribute.
Those who knew Gene Wilder are struggling to process his death.
On Monday, the icon passed away at 83 years old due to complications with Alzheimer's Disease. And on Tuesday, the man who once starred as Charlie alongside the late legend in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is speaking out about the sad loss.
Peter Ostrum opened up to Variety about the acclaimed actor's passing, admitting that his older costar was almost like a father figure, even though they hadn't seen each other since production wrapped on their 1971 film:
"It's kind of like losing a parent. You know it's going to happen, but it's still a shock. He was not in good health at the end and it was not unexpected by any means, but when it happens it hits you like, 'Gene is gone and there will never be anyone like him again.'"
Peter explained he only has fond memories of the Young Frankenstein alum, adding:
On top of being an inspiration to many of today's top comedic minds, Gene Wilder was a genuinely wonderful person to those who had the pleasure of knowing him — even when he declined to appear on your late night show!
That's what James Corden made sure his audience knew when paying tribute to the beloved Hollywood icon, who passed away on Monday due to complications from Alzheimer's Disease.