David Letterman’s emotional 10 minute tribute to Robin Williams was beautiful

David Letterman, who has known Robin Williams for for 38 years, paid special tribute to his friend with a heart-wrenching 10 minute segment and video on The Late Show last night.

A couple of the highlights of Dave’s speech…

“He was on our show, this show and the old show, a total of nearly 50 times. 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. Two, people would watch! If they knew Robin was on the show, the viewership would go up because they wanted to see Robin. Believe me, that wasn’t just true of television, I believe that was true of the kind of guy he was. People were drawn to him because of this electricity. This, whatever it was, that he radiated, that propelled him and powered him.”

“He was always so gracious, and we would talk about the old times, and never did he act like, ‘Oh, I knew you guys were scared because I was so good.’ It was just pleasure to know the guy. He was a gentleman and delightful.”

Then after the video’s conclusion…

“Oh my. Well, what I will add here is, beyond being a very talented man, and a good friend, and a gentleman, I’m sorry, like everybody else, I had no idea that the man was in pain, that the man was suffering. What a guy, Robin Williams.”

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