Monday night, the segment concluded with Robin Williams. His good friend, Billy Crystal, became emotional giving his tribute.
"He made us laugh -- hard -- every time you saw him," said Crystal, telling stories about Williams' quick wit in a broadcast booth and at a family gathering.
"It's very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives," he said.
Backstage, Kathy Bates remembered Williams' good nature.
One year at the Golden Globes, in a time before cell phones were commonplace, she was waiting at a pay phone to call her mother -- and didn't have change. It was Williams who gave her a quarter. Years later, he was presenting the Oscar for supporting actress, for which Bates was nominated. She didn't win that time.
"I won this time, and this is for you," she said, getting choked up.
Louis C.K. also reflected on Williams.
"I grew up watching him. He was somebody who worked so hard at it and was explosive with energy," he said. "He was a beacon when I was a kid." The two became friendly later, with Williams telling Louis C.K. he was a fan of "Louie."
"He was a big influence on me as a person and comedically," he said.
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