Billy Crystal will remember Robin Williams at Emmys

Billy Crystal and Robin Williams`
Billy Crystal, left, and Robin Williams together in 1997 to promote their movie “Father’s Day.”
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Robin Williams will receive a special tribute at the Emmy Awards on Monday, to be delivered by his old Comic Relief cohost Billy Crystal.

Crystal will pay tribute to Williams, who committed suicide on Aug. 11, during the In Memoriam segment of the awards, when TV performers and professionals who died over the last year are remembered through small clips of their work.

Crystal has remained silent on Williams’ death since tweeting, “No words,” on the day of his death.

Emmys executive producer Don Mischer announced Crystal’s participation in the awards on Wednesday at the red carpet rollout. Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles will also perform during the montage.


Williams’ death came after a long struggle with depression and a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, according to his widow, Susan Schneider.

Crystal, Williams and Whoopi Goldberg together hosted the Comic Relief series of fundraising comedy telethons that aired semi-regularly between 1986 and 2010. 

Crystal and Williams also costarred in the 1997 comedy “Father’s Day.

The Emmy Awards will air on NBC this year with “Late Night’s” Seth Meyers serving as host.


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