Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers recall their first time meeting Don Rickles

Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers recall their first time meeting Don Rickles

Legendary comic Don Rickles, who pioneered the idea of the "insult comic", has died at age 90. In fact, he struggled to hold back the tears and got very emotional.

Another big fan was Johnny Carson and Rickles became a frequent guest and guest host, appearing more than 100 times on "The Tonight Show". Don Rickles, we did not want to ever lose you.

Kimmel then divulged that it took him four years to convince the "Toy Story" star to come on his show. He died at 41 years old in Los Angeles and was an Emmy award-winning producer, who was best-known for producing a documentary about his father titled, Mr.Warmth: The Don Rickles Project. "He would always say, 'Keep my name alive.' He'd tell me to keep his name alive, which I thought was amusing because, you know, I was like, 'You're Don Rickles, you keep my name alive.' He was humble".

Throughout his career, Rickles also made guest appearances on numerous television shows including "I Dream of Jeannie" and "The Beverly Hillbillies".

On "Late Night" Seth Meyers had his own Rickles story, which seemed a bit more in line with the public perception of him as king of the one-liners. They ate dinner together, Rickles gave him advice, and Kimmel saved every note Rickles sent him-many of them as warm and insulting as his act. "This is not gonna be our usual show tonight", Kimmel started off.

Rickles died of kidney failure on Thursday morning, his rep confirmed to ET.

You can You can catch "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on Global. "I just saw the movie on TV last week and called him to tell him about it, but was not able to speak with him at that time. I had like hit and run, and I mean I worshiped the guy, too, because my father worshiped him", he said. "My thoughts are with his family today".

"He hugged me and told me I was good", the host revealed, "and I felt like a made man because we all should have his career and be who he was".

'And I'll tell you right up front that I'm going to cry - probably a lot, which is embarrassing.

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