2014 Primetime Emmy Awards: Billy Crystal Tribute to Robin Williams

The 2014 awards season kicked off early this year, with the Monday evening broadcast of the annual Primetime Emmy Awards — one-half of television’s biggest night. The ceremony — which is typically held in early September as opposed to late August — was uncharacteristic in one other way: Tinseltown is still reeling from the shocking suicide of comedy legend Robin Williams.

Williams, who suffered from depression and had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, hung himself in his Northern California home earlier this month. The Good Morning Vietnam star was honored in a touching celebration of his life and prolific career. Longtime pal and oft-Oscars host Billy Crystal lead the memorial as he recounted special moments of his friendship with the audience.

“He made us laugh, hard. Every time you saw him. On television, movies, nightclubs, arenas, hospitals, homeless shelters, for our troops overseas, and even in a dying girl’s living room — for her last wish. As genius as he was on stage he was an even more brilliant friend,” Crystal said. “Supportive, protective, loving.”

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