Jimmy Kimmel breaks down while bidding farewell to Don Rickles

"He would always say, 'Keep my name alive.' He'd tell me to keep his name alive, which I thought was amusing because, you know, I was like, 'You're Don Rickles, you keep my name alive.' He was humble".

To Kimmel, Rickles was "youthful", "funny" and "sharp", characteristics that were made apparent when the duo went out to Mario Batali's Los Angeles restaurant Mozza. All I know is he will be missed by all his fans. "But, finally, after we asked him 20 times, he gave up, and he did the show for my birthday in 2006".

The late, great Don Rickles made his mark not in the movies or on TV sitcoms, but on late-night TV talk shows, where he was renowned for his quick wit and ability to wring laughs out of any conversation.

Fellow comedians describe Rickles as a comic's comic, who's remembered for being the exact opposite of politically correct.

Jimmy Kimmel could not contain his emotions on Thursday night. "We had food, I invited his friends, it was lovely". It was very expensive. And I paid for it. "I had like hit and run, and I mean I worshiped the guy, too, because my father worshiped him", he said. One of his nicknames was "Mr. Warmth". His funeral will be private, his publicist says, and requests donations in his memory to the Larry Rickles Endowment Fund at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. "He would always ask about my parents, my kids".

"Don Rickles passed away this morning". Which was a tough show.

Don Rickles career spanned over six decades. "It was like being a real talk show host". Just endless mischief and nonsense, and a guy who would make the audience go completely insane.

"Dummy", "nincompoop", "schlub", hell, if you were called any of these insults by Don Rickles then you could live the rest of your days a fulfilled individual. I watched the whole thing. "I was like, 'Yes, yes!' He was the best".

Rickles appeared on Kimmel's show 17 times more in the years that followed. "He hugged me and told me I was good".

"He was called 'The Merchant of Venom, ' but in truth, he was one of the kindest, caring and most sensitive human beings we have ever known", actor Bob Newhart and his wife, Ginnie Newhart, said in a statement.

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. "Married to his wife, I don't know, 120 years?"

"Dear Jimmy, thanks so much for the lovely frame of you and I..."

At a party, Meyers explained, he approached Rickles and introduced himself and stated that he was on "Saturday Night Live".

Samuel L. Jackson said on Instagram: "Farewell to a comedic legend & dear friend, Don Rickles".

"He came over to the table and he said, 'Frank, do me a favor, will you?"

"I'll tell you right up front that I'm going to cry, probably a lot, which is embarrassing", he continued, already tearing up.

Adams and Rickles were lifelong friends.

Kimmel thought this was amusing because he believed Don Rickles should be the one boosting him, not the other way around. "But there's nothing better than comedian funerals, because everyone tells the best jokes".

Several other celebs and comics, each great in their own way, added their thoughts at Don Rickles's passing.

  • Salvatore Jensen