Watch David Letterman’s 10-Minute Tribute to Robin Williams: ‘What a Guy’

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The Late Show returned on Monday after a break and right off the bat, David Letterman honored his dear friend of 38 years: Robin Williams.

Letterman shared a sweet story about the pair’s first encounter at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, when Williams was introduced as a guy from Scotland.

“The guy comes in and we’re like morning dew. He comes in like a hurricane,” Letterman says.

“And now the longer he’s on stage the worse we feel about ourselves, and because it’s not stopping. And then he finishes and I thought, ‘Oh that’s it, they’re going ot put an end to show business because, what can happen after this?’”

According to Letterman, Williams made some 50 appearances on Late Show and Late Night.

“Two things would happen because Robin was on the program: one, I didn’t have to do anything, all I had to do was sit here and watch the machine, and two, people would watch. If they knew Robin was on the show the viewership would go up.”

“Beyond being a very talented man and a good friend and a gentleman, I am sorry like everybody else,” Letterman continued. “I had no idea that the man was in pain, that the man was suffering. But what a guy, Robin Williams.”

Watch Letterman’s full tribute, above.