Master insult comic Don Rickles dead at age 90

Candice Alexander
April 19, 2017

"I'll tell you right up front that I'm going to cry", Kimmel said, wiping tears from his eyes.

Kimmel reminisced about their relationship and revealed how it took multiple attempts to entice the comedian onto his show over the years.

TV host Jimmy Kimmel tweeted: "90 years with Don Rickles weren't enough". "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".

"It was exciting, like I was in some kind of talk show host fantasy camp, sitting behind a desk while Don Rickles made fun of me".

Before screening a tribute video of all of Rickles' appearances on the show, Kimmel added, "There will never be another Don Rickles".

"Dear Jimmy, thank you so much for the handsome frame of you and I", one read.

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. His first major appearance was on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson in 1965.

He was sarcastically nicknamed "Mr Warmth" or "The Merchant of Venom" for his abrasive humor and lashing out at hecklers in the audience during his act. Married to his wife - I don't know - 120 years, something like that.

As Kimmel explained during the opening of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

"And I went over and said, 'Mr". Now, however, the comedy world is just a little less amusing, as Don Rickles died today of complications due to kidney failure.

Tim Allen, who voices Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story films, said in a statement: "Don Rickles is one of the biggest reasons I am a comic today".

Even if you're not a regular Kimmel viewer, we still recommend strongly that you watch this.

Rickles' last appeared on stage in Las Vegas in late October.

"There will never be another Don Rickles".

Don Rickles, the legendary comedian known for his playfully caustic wit, has died, his spokesperson confirmed to ABC News on Thursday. "And then he just went, 'Ugh, a guy can dream'". "My thoughts are with his family today".

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