Jimmy Kimmel Remembers Don Rickles With Teary-Eyed Monologue

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.

Rickles has a great Jekyll-and-Hyde thing going: by night he's the wisecracking Borschtbelt/Vegas lounge mainstay whose shtick has been insults, barbs and biting put-downs delivered rat-tat-tat to whoever's unfortunate enough to be in his line of sight. "We are devastated and our world will never be the same". "We were totally unprepared for this".

He famously got Sinatra's attention at one of his shows when he spotted the "Chairman of the Board" in the audience and shouted out to him: "Make yourself at home Frank". What a talent! He was remarkable and one of our favourites to work with on "The Dick Van Dyke Show". "When he'd come to my house, he'd yell about the stairs, as if I put them there specifically to inconvenience him".

Dick Van Dyke also paid tribute to the late comic. "We cover them all". "We loved you so", Van Dyke tweeted.

For more than half a century, the star dubbed Mr Warmth, headlined casinos and nightclubs across the USA and often appeared on late-night TV talk shows. "Such a professional, such a gentleman". In a statement, the Hollywood Walk of Fame announced that a memorial wreath would be placed on Rickles' star on Thursday afternoon.

"A God died today", he said.

Kimmel remembered Rickles's first appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on November 13, 2006 - Kimmel's birthday. "We miss you already (sic)" Singer John Mayer will treasure all his memories of Don.

Rickles had successful guest starring appearances on television and was a favorite among the celebrity roasting circuit.

He kept his hand in acting with movies, acting opposite big names in movies like "Run Silent, Run Deep" (Clark Gable) and Martin Scorsese's "Casino" (Robert De Niro), and a short-lived couple of TV shows, "The Don Rickles Show" in 1972 and "C.P.O".

Among those playing tribute were Mel Brooks, who called him: 'One of the bravest, funniest, and sweetest guys that ever performed. "I will sorely miss this incredibly amusing and lovable man".

"I think there's nothing better than getting burned by Don Rickles", said Meyers.

  • Salvatore Jensen