Jimmy Kimmel Gives Moving, Tearful Tribute to Don Rickles

Rickles died of kidney failure on Thursday at his home here, his publicist Paul Shefrin said.

- Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt)Very few people made me laugh the way Don Rickles did.

"This is not going to be our usual show tonight", Kimmel began.

"When you live to be 90 and have that great of a career, to work right up to the end, I think you should celebrate the life rather than the death", Franjola said. But we lost someone that we and I love very much today.

Jimmy Kimmel couldn't mask his sadness after hearing about the death of comedian Don Rickles on Thursday. "It was so exciting". Director Martin Scorsese, with whom Rickles worked with in his 1995 film Casino, said of Rickles and his comedic talent: "Don Rickles was a giant, a legend...and I can hear his voice now, skewering me for being so lofty. Something like that. So, God bless you Don Rickles and thank you".

"#RIPDonRickles (sic)" And talk show host Jimmy Fallon paid a heartfelt tribute on his social media account. For decades, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and David Letterman relied on Rickles' ability to tickle viewers with his infinite arsenal of zingers.

Kimmel also included a montage of Rickles' appearances.

Kimmel closed his monologue with a video tribute to Rickles, showing the best moments from the comedian's appearance on the ABC show.

Colbert talked about the "incredible honor" of meeting Rickles backstage at the Emmys. "And then he just went, 'Ugh, a guy can dream'". All I know is he will be missed by all his fans.

"There will never be another Don Rickles".

"The first time Don was on our show was nearly four years after we started".

Rickles' signature insult phrases of "dummy" and "hockey puck" catapulted his curmudgeon performance personality and helped him survive an up-and-down career that was affected by taste changes in comedy, Variety noted.

"Every day I looked forward to coming to the set and being insulted", she said. Our thoughts and prayers go out his family'.

O'Brien also took to Twitter to share his memories, writing, "I was thrilled to interview/be insulted non-stop by the legendary Don Rickles".

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