The comedy world lost one of their all time greats when Don Rickles passed away on Thursday at the age of 90.
Because the great insult legend had such a profound influence on many of today’s comedians, the hosts of late night were definitely reeling over the loss.
Specifically Jimmy Kimmel, who could barely keep it together as he dedicated his monologue to the icon.
Hours after learning of Rickles’ death, the Jimmy Kimmel Live host broke down several times as he shared his favorite memories of the man he idolized since childhood. He then presented a “Best of Don Rickles” video montage from his numerous appearances on the show.
Though other late night hosts weren’t as close with Rickles, they all shared a story about a brush they had with “Mr. Warmth,” which usually included him making fun of something.
On Late Night, Seth Meyers paid tribute to “one of the all time greats” by telling a story of meeting Rickles at a party when he was still on Saturday Night Live — where the comedian joked he could only “dream” about the long running show being canceled! Ha!
Jimmy Fallon also took a moment to honor the “comedy legend,” noting he had the pleasure of personality going out to dinner with him a few times “where he said some truly, truly mean things to me.”
Even Stephen Colbert took a moment to honor Rickles during his Late Show monologue, speaking about the brief moment he met the legend at the Emmys — where, instead of getting a classic Rickles burn, he received a hug!
R.I.P., Don — there will truly never be another comedian like you. See the emotional late night tributes (below)!