Robin Williams Honored With Heartfelt Tribute at 2014 Emmys

Robin Williams Emmy Tribute

The 2014 Emmys took a moment on Monday night to remember the late Robin Williams, who passed away Aug. 11.

Following the traditional In Memoriam segment (which was accompanied by a sublime “Smile” cover from Sara Bareilles), Williams’ longtime friend and colleague Billy Crystal took the stage to eulogize the actor-comedian.

“He made us laugh. Hard. Every time you saw him,” Crystal remembered. “The brilliance was astounding, the relentless energy was kind of thrilling.”

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After recounting a few anecdotes of their friendship — including Williams’ hilarious tendency to sit with Crystal’s older immigrant relatives at family functions — Crystal admitted it was difficult to speak in the past tense about his friend.

“As genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you could ever imagine,” the actor said. “It’s very hard to talk about him in the past, because he was so present in all of our lives.”

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Crystal’s parting words — “Robin Williams. What a concept.” — led into a short montage of Williams’ memorable appearances on The Tonight Show (with hosts Johnny Carson and Jay Leno), Inside the Actors Studio and a particularly poignant excerpt from his Night at the Met stand-up special.

What did you think of the tribute to Williams’ life and career? Any other performances you would have liked to see included? Drop a line in the comments with your thoughts.

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  1. Jett says:

    The clip show was kinda racist, too bad they couldn’t find other clips to show how great williams was.

    • Emmy Committee (aka M3rc Nate) says:

      We are so sorry we did not satisfy your need for Political Correctness in the Memoriam of a Comedic genius who dared to cross lines and push people to where they are uncomfortable. Next time a comedic genius dies we will make sure to call and check in with you on what in his portfolio of work does not offend you and use that in their Memoriam.

      -The Director of the Emmy’s.

      • Beckers0505@yahoo.com says:

        Thank you Nate.

        • M3rc Nate says:

          Lol your welcome. Thought it needed to be said, unfortunately i dont think my recommendation to Jett to go take a college course on what real “racism” is and looks/sounds like, and then some course on comedy and overall get educated on life and stop being a PC computer chair warrior would fall on deaf ears. If you think him pretending in a improvisational skit to wear a shall or Hijab-Niqab is racist…your a lost cause.

          • Grammar is important says:

            Nate, your comments would be taken much more seriously if you knew the difference between “your” and “you’re.” Just a friendly heads up.

          • M3rc Nate says:

            Lol, ahhh the grammar police, on a TV news comment section no less? I don’t care. I type 100WPM and I will care about grammar when I am writing something for work, not when I am writing a comment on a TV scoop websites comment section.

      • Bull. The man was brilliant. There were thousands of clips they could have used but instead they chose one that WILL be deemed offensive by many, and not just the overly sensitive PC club. Sorry but that was a bad choice, no matter how hard you might try to brush off and dismiss the criticism. I would much rather that they celebrated him well and without controversy.

      • DPM says:

        wow…what a rude comeback! was that comment really answered by the director of the emmys? that speaks volumes! I agree with jett, the muslim clip was off base period, the whole clip part seemed a bit rushed and thrown together. at least they acknowledged him was what I was left thinking.

    • JB Smooove says:

      its cool bruh, only black commedians can make race related jokes. got it….its just hard living in your world when the rules on race always change.

  2. vickie says:

    Beautiful. Perfect. Classy

  3. Beckers0505@yahoo.com says:

    What was racist? Well what now in days is not considered racist or mean by someone?

    • If you have to ask, it isn’t worth the time trying to explain it to you.

      • Rebecca says:

        It’s just everyone has to watch every word that comes out of their mouth so closely. Nothing he said or did was offensive that people should talk, but of course they will. They have nothing better to dweal on then the unfairness instead of the goodness.

    • S. says:

      Michael must have a problem with the Inside the Actor’s Studio scene. That episode was one of my favorites in the history of that show, and one of the things that sticks out most is watching him take that woman’s scarf and riff for several moments. It was nothing sort of hysterical. If you’ve got a problem with that, you’re the problem, “Michael Angelo.” Nobody needs for you to be offended on their behalf. Stop patting yourself on the back for what I’m sure is an inevitable ‘Guy Spots Racism’ trophy (might be a Lifetime Achievement Award at a young age cuz you’re so good at it), and get over yourself.

  4. MG says:

    Sort of feel they should have had a Mork & Mindy clip since this is the Emmys and that was the TV role he was known for.

  5. Joey says:

    Still wish they hadn’t had a special thing just for Williams. Ending on his face during the In Memoriam would’ve been more than adequate.

    • rowan77 says:

      I disagree.

    • Court says:

      Agreed. I get that he was a big deal, but it’s kind of unfair. It seems it’s saying that he’s more important than everyone else who has past. Why should he get extra? Because he was great? So were others. Because he died tragically? So have others. It might sound rude, but it just seemed unfair to everyone else.

      • RUCookie says:

        Sorry Court (and others) -it’s Hollywood, it’s the entertainment industry… That is EXACTLY what they are saying. In an industry where name recognition and bankable dollars is power, some people are bigger than others. Robin Williams was the brightest star to die this year, he deserved that spotlight.

      • Ben says:

        He was greater than others. He has a legitimate claim as the greatest comic actor of all time, perhaps even the greatest actor of all time. I won’t have a problem, either, if the Oscars linger when Tom Hanks passes, if the Grammys linger when Barbra Streisand passes… there are very few who are true true greats, and they deserve all recognition they get when they pass on.

        • BarneySF says:

          Woah down there son – he may have been the most recent, but greater? Have a quick look at that list: Lauren Bacall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, PS Hoffman – just sayin.

      • We rank every frickin’ thing on the planet…everything. On a scale, Robin William’s contributions to the television and entertainment world dwarfed those of every other person in the memorial. One life isn’t more valuable than another but one’s contributions can be weighed against others and his were off the charts. He deserved the special, extra memorial.

    • mary says:

      They usually pick one person to do a longer segment. Take Jonathon Winters last year, in which Robin talked about him. If they didn’t do a little segment, people would be pissed. They do a segment on a different person people would be pissed. Unfortunately, someone’s going to be pissed no matter what..

  6. Marla says:

    I missed it. So hopefully someone will post on line.

  7. Tex Mike says:


  8. Joanne Weiner says:

    Horrible. Looked like they threw it together in an hour. He was worthy of so much more then a couple of anecdotes from one person & a few disjointed clips.

    • I completely disagree. This was the Emmy Awards, a celebration of the year’s best television contributions, not the Robin William’s Memorial Service. The time they spent eulogizing him was perfectly apt.(I don’t disagree that they could have chosen better clips, but that’s about all I would have changed).

  9. Paul says:

    Very disappointed. They made it seem like they were going to truly do him justice asking who we thought should be involved. Billy Crystal’s portrayal was full of raw emotion and completely believable. The shortness of the tribute made it feel rushed and last minute. Don Mischner had said they would do him justice. He fell way short of his goal.

    • Gilles says:

      Robin Williams made his mark in entertainment not only as a performer, but also as a generous human being who brought laughter everywhere he went, even in moments of sadness. It was the comedian who was honored, as well as the friend to a great many and a beloved humanitarian.

      As for the length of the tribute, it had to be relatively brief and to the point at the Emmys, which are, after all, television oriented. The more elaborate one should be at the Oscars as Robin Williams’ Career was mostly in cinema.

  10. AtlDane says:

    We honestly thought this was the best tribute we have ever seen. Exactly what I hope for…a dear friend telling a funny story about me. Speaking with love. I can’t remember a better tribute. No slight to others that departed. Deserving. Perfect.

  11. Maria says:

    Billy Crystal’s words were heartfelt, appropriate, and touching. Beautifully done, simple and sincere without an ounce of pretense or ego. However, the clips they chose could have been better. The first bit…Jimmy Fallon already showed that on the Tonight Show the day after Robin died. The others didn’t really show him at his funniest. And, as another poster said, a Mork & Mindy clip (or Happy Days) would have been a wise choice, since the Emmys are a tv awards show.

  12. Dea says:

    Bittersweet Perfection.

  13. DebLG says:

    It was lovely. As a long time fan, I needed that. Thanks Billy

  14. The Carpooler says:

    I thought the whole presentation, from Sara’s performance to the images of those lost, was great. I appreciated Robin Williams for his humor regardless of how he presented it. What I didn’t understand was Billy’s reference to celestial beings, even he seemed lost to his own train of thought once he started speaking the words. Oh well. Great broadcast, great In Memoriam.

  15. redhead says:

    This is disgusting! So now the PC police are attacking the deceased…rich!! We live in America..we have to right to speak in case you did not know that! God forbid the day when we have to monitor every word we say because the PC police are controlling our every word. Enough with this racism crap! If you want all of words, comments and feelings controlled please move to a country where that is a normal way of life. I like the freedom we enjoy and I appreciate those that have fought and died for this right. Get over yourself all of you PC police and just go away!!

  16. jj fau says:

    If you loved Robin and mourn his passing, consider making a donation in his name to one of his favorite causes.

  17. Cheryl says:

    That tribute to Robin Williams was very touching. Hope everyone saw it.

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