Video: Kimmel's Tearful Tribute to Uncle Frank

Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night paid a tear-filled tribute to Frank “Uncle Frank” Potenza, who passed away last month at the age of 77.

Potenza had joined his real-life nephew on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live back in 2003, after two decades as a New York City police officer. “Thanks to those of you who watch for indulging me… and letting me put my crazy uncle on TV,” Kimmel said at the close of a long monologue recounting Potenza’s life, lawman career, and time with the show.

We’re waiting on a video of the full monologue, but in the meantime here’s Kimmel’s closing words and the Uncle Frank montage:

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  1. KristianB says:

    I cried through the whole thing. What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful, sweet man. Miss you, Uncle Frank. I hope you got your answer. =) (There really are a lot of species of animals.)

  2. Kim R says:

    Made me tear up. :(

  3. Patty says:

    Such a beautiful tribute with the right amount of humor to make it even more touching. We will all miss Uncle Frank. RIP.

  4. Rowan says:

    Jimmy thanked everyone for letting him put his Uncle Frank on TV. It’s we who should thank him for sharing his Uncle Frank with us.

  5. Cindy says:

    I agree. This was the perfect tribute

  6. Julie says:

    I agree with Rowan!
    Rest in peace Uncle Frank!

  7. Scott says:

    A great tribute to a great man, Uncle Frank will be missed.

  8. Cathy says:

    That was absolutely beautiful! What an amazing tribute!

  9. Daniel says:

    Full monologue is up.

  10. @alvnjsph says:

    Now,that’s a tribute.

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