David Letterman, who was off the air all last week, honored Robin Williams on The Late Show on Monday night.
Letterman was friends with Williams, who apparently hanged himself on Aug. 11. Williams and Letterman, friends for nearly 40 years, performed at the Comedy Store with Jay Leno, Jimmy Walker, Tom Dreesen and other comedians.
“I met him at the Comedy Store. He and I were kids,” Letterman said on Monday night. “We all wanted to make people laugh, we wanted to get on The Tonight Show. We all wanted something because we thought we were funny.”
Williams became a star by the late 1970s, appearing on “Happy Days” and “Mork & Mindy.” One of Letterman’s first acting roles was on “Mork & Mindy.”
Williams appeared on The Late Show more than 50 times.
“Beyond being a very talented man and a good friend and a gentleman, I am sorry I—like everybody else—had no idea that the man was in pain and that the man was suffering,” he said. “What a guy.”