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Late night show hosts remember Robin Williams
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Late night show hosts remember Robin Williams

“He was one in a million…like the Muhammad Ali of comedy,” Jimmy Fallon, host of “The Tonight Show,” told his completely silent studio audience through choked-back tears Tuesday night.

He then tossed to Robin Williams’ first-ever appearance on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” before standing on his desk and reciting a famous line from “Dead Poets Society.”

On “Conan,” host Conan O’Brien paid tribute to Williams with an anecdote, revealing a very personal time when the actor-comedian gave him a gift to help him through his tumultuous time at NBC, which left him temporarily unemployed.

O’Brien, an avid bicyclist, received a bike from Williams that “looked like a Mardi Gras parade,” according to sidekick Andy Richter.

“So often I would just, you know, look at that silly bike and think, ‘What a wonderful spirit, what an amazing spirit,'” O’Brien said.