As family, friends, co-stars and fans around the world continue to mourn Robin Williams following shocking news of his death Monday, late night hosts expressed their deepest condolences in memory of the actor.
Conan O’Brien was in the middle of taping Monday night’s episode when he found out about his death, and took a moment at the end of the show to break the terrible news to his studio audience. Along with guest Will Arnett and co-host Andy Richter, a visibly shaken Conan said a few words in honor of the funnyman.
“This is absolutely shocking and horrifying and so upsetting on every level,” said O’Brien, via TIME. “We’re at the end of the show and it felt like it needed to be acknowledged.”
“He was an amazingly kind and generous person and our thoughts go out to his family,” added Richter.
“As funny as he was, he was even better as a person, he was one of the loveliest and sweetest and kindest guys I’ve ever worked with,” added Arnett. “It’s a major, major loss for everybody.”
You can hear a collective gasp from the audience as Conan breaks the news on air.
While some shows had already finished taping Monday’s episode by the time news broke, each late night show took to social media to pay their respects to Williams:
The Late Show With David Letterman took a moment to tweet out a touching photo of Dave and Robin:
Remembering our good friend, Robin Williams. pic.twitter.com/2wPGtOPR5Y
— Letterman (@Letterman) August 12, 2014
The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon tweeted a sentimental tribute Tuesday morning:
Took a walk in NYC this morning under a tree lined street. Perfect breeze. Looked like it was raining flowers. I know that was you Robin. — jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) August 12, 2014
Update 8.13.14: Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to Williams on Tuesday night’s show, saying he was “the Muhammad Ali of comedy” and showing a clip of Williams’ first Tonight Show appearance with Johnny Carson:
Also, Late Night with Seth Meyers took a moment to honor some of his favorite Williams movies and thank him for what he gave to the world.
And Jimmy Kimmel urged a call to action for those who may be suffering from depression in the wake of Williams’ death.
Robin was as sweet a man as he was funny. If you’re sad, please tell someone.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) August 11, 2014