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Late-night TV hosts took time to pay tribute to comedian Garry Shandling on their Thursday night episodes.
Conan O’Brien and Seth Meyers each dedicated a portion of time on their nightly programs to remembrances of the comedian, who passed away Thursday at the age of 66.
“I’ve had, I think, about three hours to process that Garry is gone and this just doesn’t seem real,” O’Brien said.
“He was a masterful writer, a performer who went on to create incredibly groundbreaking comedy shows that inspired an entire generation of comedians, myself included.” But he added that he wants people to remember not only Shandling the comedian, but Shandling the person. “He was obviously hysterically funny, pretty much all the time, but he was also extremely sensitive, he was complicated and he had a ton of empathy for other people.”
O’Brien also shared a story when “Garry just magically appeared” and helped him through his struggle after his Tonight Show ended at NBC. “I was at a real low point. He counseled me, he cheered me up, he told me jokes, he talked to me about philosophy.”
March 26, 8:32 a.m.: Updated with Tonight Show footage.
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