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Jimmy Kimmel Breaks Down in Tears During a Touching Don Rickles Tribute

Jimmy Kimmel Breaks Down in Tears During a Touching Don Rickles Tribute

"This is not going to be our usual show tonight", Jimmy Kimmel made clear on Thursday night, hours after renown insult comic Don Rickles died at the age of 90.

Kimmel had to hold back tears several times throughout the monologue as he reminisced on how he and Rickles became friends after Rickles appeared on his show in 2006.

Jimmy Fallon, host of "The Tonight Show", which had Rickles as a guest of Johnny Carson's more than 100 times, said of Mr Warmth: 'I've personally been out to dinner with him a few times where he said some truly, truly mean things to me, which if you're a fan, that's an honor.

"I was lucky to know him", Kimmel said.

"I know it sounds insane to say he was too young", Kimmel added, "but he was because he was youthful, and amusing, and sharp and generous. Because he was youthful and amusing and sharp and generous", an increasingly emotional Kimmel shared. "When my Uncle Frank passed away, I called him and asked him to be the guest on that show - which was a tough one". Legendary comic Don Rickles whose career spanned six decades, has died at age 90.

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In the 1960s, Johnny Carson gave Rickles his big break.

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

Speaking about his in-your-face insulting humour, Don said to the New York Daily News in 1996: "If I were to insult people and mean it, that wouldn't be amusing". At the ceremony, he joked: "I've been in this business for 55 years and the biggest award I got was an ashtray from the Friars in NY".

Bob Newhart and his wife, Ginnie, said Rickles' title was "The Merchant of Venom" but he was "one of the most sensitive human beings we have ever known".

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"What keeps me going is that young people still want to see me, which is flattering and great", he said. "There's nothing better than getting burned by Don Rickles". His film roles included a number of the early-60's "Beach Movies", Kelly's Heroes, Casino and the three Toy Story films where he voices Mr. Potato Head and a one-time appearance on his friend Don Adams show Get Smart.

But despite the insults, Rickles was known for his warm heart.

Robert Klein told the AP, "He was a brilliant improvisational comedian".

Dick Van Dyke also paid tribute to the late comic. "My thoughts are with his family today".

Kimmel also talked about taking Rickles, famous for his insult comedy, out to Mario Batali's Los Angeles restaurant Mozza.

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