Billy Crystal Will Lead the Emmys' Tribute to Robin Williams
Crystal will honor Williams, who took his own life earlier this month, during the In Memoriam segment of the telecast, Emmy executive producer Don Mischer announced Wednesday. The segment will also feature a performance by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.
"We have done at least 30 shows with Robin through the years, going back into the 1980s," Mischer told TV Guide Magazine as he was in the process of planning the tribute. "We all know what Robin meant to the television community and to everyone, and the unique take on comedy that he brought to all of us. It's about what can we do to properly remember Robin and create perhaps an emotional moment about him."
Williams and Crystal were longtime friends and co-hosted Comic Relief with Whoopi Goldberg. The two also co-starred in the 1997 comedy Fathers' Day. In the wake of Williams' death, Crystal tweeted simply: "No words."
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on Monday, August 25 at 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific on NBC.
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