Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Insult comic Don Rickles passes away at age 90

Jimmy Kimmel paid tribute to comedy legend Don Rickles on Thursday night's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on ABC.

Legendary comic Don Rickles, who pioneered the idea of the "insult comic", has died at age 90.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" filmed after news of the comedian's death broke earlier in the day and the host devoted the first 12 minutes of his show to Rickles' memory. In fact, he struggled to hold back the tears and got very emotional. "We lost someone that I love very much today". Kimmel tried to book Rickles on his show but it took four years to pull it off. As someone who is a fan of his work, I just want to say Thank You to Don Rickles for bringing laughs to his fans.

Kimmel broke down saying, "I know it sounds insane to say he was "too young" but he was". He made guest appearances on television such as Archie Bunker's Place, The Lucy Show, Newhart, and most recently in 2011 for TV Land's Hot in Cleveland.

"A few years ago I was at a party and Don Rickles was there".

He briefly had his own TV show, "The Don Rickles Show" in the 1970s. "I'm already crying, which is embarrassing but. well, I'm not good with this sort of thing". "I know you're cracking them up in the Great Beyond!"

He then presented a special montage highlighting the comedian's best moments on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The late stand-up comedian was known for his iconic roles such as "Mr. Potato Head" in the Disney animated feature Toy Story.

"We all should [hope] to have his career and be who he was", he added.

Entertainment Weekly wrote that Rickles balanced making fun of people while earning their love at the same time, resulting in his preferred nickname of "Mr. Warmth".

"I think the reason that (my act) caught on and gave me a wonderful career is that I was never mean-spirited", Rickles once said.

Colbert, meanwhile, had the honor of losing to Rickles at the Emmys for Outstanding Performance in a Variety Series in 2008, and he noted that the better person won.

Rickles was famous for his insults, and while this was his main draw on the stage, it also spilled over into his everyday life during encounters with friends and other celebrities. Our thoughts and prayers go out his family'.

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