Don Rickles, also known as Mr. Warmth and The Merchant of Venom for his biting comedy, died on Thursday (April 6) morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure. In fact, he struggled to hold back the tears and got very emotional.
"Ninety years with Don Rickles weren't enough", Jimmy Kimmel tweeted.
"It was, like, I was in some kind of talk show host fantasy camp", Kimmel said, "sitting behind a desk when Don Rickles made fun of me".
After sharing some classic tales of what Rickles was like when he was around friends-pretty much exactly the same quick-witted wisecracker-Kimmel offered up some notes and messages Rickles had written him over the years.
Meyers honored the comedian with a story he's before: When he introduced himself to Rickles at a party, as a cast member of Saturday Night Live.
"Don came to visit 17 more times after that".
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However, while the moniker was meant to be ironic, Kimmel said that he actually was incredibly warm, caring and sweet. Stephen Colbert also reflected on how Rickles made him feel like "a made man", even immediately after he lost an Emmy to him.
Rest in peace, Don Rickles.
"He would always ask about my parents, my kids", Kimmel continued.
Don Rickles, the acidic stand-up comic who became world-famous not by telling jokes but by insulting his audience, died on Thursday at his home in Los Angeles.
"I was lucky to know him".
"Then he focused on Sinatra, not failing to mention (then-girlfriend) Mia Farrow, nor that he was wearing a toupee, nor to say that Sinatra was washed up as a singer, and when Sinatra laughed, everybody laughed". "I was doing a program with Ernie Kovacs, who told me to see a new comic". "This is not gonna be our usual show tonight", Kimmel started off.
His bald heading shining, he would gleefully croon his theme song, "I'm a Nice Guy", and make fun of blacks and gays, the Irish and the Italians, with special attention for his own people, the Jews. Our thoughts and prayers go out his family'.