Conan O’Brien Breaks News of Robin Williams’ Death to Studio Audience

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Like the rest of the world, Conan O’Brien was stunned to hear about Robin Williamsdeath on Monday.

Unlike most of us, the talk show host found out while he was taping an episode of Conan. His reaction to the sad news turned into a sincere tribute to his dear friend.

“I’m sorry to anyone in our studio audience that I’m breaking this news,” Conan told the crowd. “This is absolutely shocking and horrifying and so upsetting on every level.”    

Added Andy Richter: “He was an amazingly kind and generous person and it’s got to be a terrible time for his family and our thoughts go out to them.”

Will Arnett, who was a guest on the show, paid his respects:

“As funny as he was, he’s truly one of the all time greats, he was even better as a person. He was even more fantastic, he’s just the loveliest, sweetest, one of the kindest guys that I’ve ever worked with,” he said.

Williams, 63, was found dead from a suspected suicide in his home in California on Monday afternoon. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Watch the Conan tribute, above.