As the stage at tonight's Emmy Awards in L.A.'s Nokia Theater went dark, a beautiful rendition of Nat King Cole's "Smile" sung by Sara Bareilles began to fill the large room.
The screen instantly lit up with the faces of those beloved actors and actresses we have lost this year: Paul Walker, Ann B. Davis, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Maya Angelou, just to name a few.
VMAs Pay Tribute to Robin Williams in 23 Seconds
But with just two short weeks having passed since the sudden and untimely death of Robin Williams, a special tribute needed to be made during the "In Memoriam" segment to properly honor the late actor and comedian.
Billy Crystal took the stage to share personal stories of his good friend. It was touching to say the least.
"As genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you could ever imagine," Billy said of Robin. "It is very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives."
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Before a montage of some of Robin's most memorable on-screen TV talk moments, Billy ended his tribute with these poignant and perfect words to honor his late friend:
"Robin Williams, what a concept."
Watch the full video of Billy's touching tribute to Robin below.
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