Watch David Letterman’s 10-Minute Tribute to Robin Williams: 'What a Guy'
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?’”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.