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David Letterman says good-bye to his friend Robin Williams (with video)

08/19/2014 9:01 AM

08/19/2014 11:16 AM

David Letterman was on a break with the “Late Show” last week so he didn’t get a chance to say good-bye to his long-time friend, Robin Williams.

But he made up for that on Monday, spending more than 10 minutes paying tribute to his friend of nearly 40 years.

He recalled how Williams made his debut at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, where he blew away all the other comedians with his powerful, high-energy act.

“It’s like nothing we had never seen before, nothing we had ever imagined before,” Letterman said. “We’re like morning dew, he comes in like a hurricane …”

He shared how Williams gave him a walk-on part on “Mork & Mindy” as a way to spread his good fortune.

Letterman had Williams on his show more than 50 times and clearly they were friends. And Letterman sounded as Williams’ fans.

“What I will add here is beyond being a very talented man and a good friend and a gentlemen, I am sorry I, like everybody else, had no idea that the man was in pain, that the man was suffering,” he said. “But what a guy.”

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