The upcoming Emmy Awards “In Memoriam” tribute for Robin Williams has selected Williams’ longtime friend, Billy Crystal, according to Variety on Wednesday. Emmys telecast producer, Don Mischer, stated at a red-carpet rollout in front of the Nokia Theater, "We felt we needed to do something powerful and memorable. Billy seemed like the perfect choice."
Billy, Robin, and Whoopi Goldberg began working together in “Comic Relief,” a fundraising comedy telethon on HBO for the homeless premiering in 1986. The trio appeared together again on this televised charity event in 2006 for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. In 1997 Billy and Robin appeared in the romantic comedy film “Father’s Day.”
Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles will also perform during the “In Memoriam” segment. Recently at one of her concerts, Sara dedicated her song “Hercules” to Robin Williams and his family.
In an ironic twist at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards, Robin Williams paid tribute to his idol and friend, the comedian Jonathan Winters. According to Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider, he had struggled a long time with depression, and was diagnosed of Parkinson's disease
Other tributes are still continuing for Robin including one from Michael J. Fox, Russell Brand, and another recently from David Letterman during his late-night talk show “Late Show with David Letterman.”
Even the people of Kafranbel, Syria used a quote by Williams about being free from the film “Aladdin.” His voiceover role as the genie has the now famous quote, “To be free. Such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in the world."
Shortly after news broke out of Robin’s death on August 11, Billy Crystal tweeted, “No words.” He hasn’t spoken about Williams since. The Emmy tribute will be his first public event to honor a dear colleague and friend.
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be televised live on Monday, August 25. Comedian and “SNL” alum, Seth Myers, will host television’s biggest night of the year on NBC starting at 8 p.m. ET.