A veteran comedian and longtime friend of Robin Williams has agreed to lead the Emmys’ tribute to the late comedian. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Billy Crystal will do the honors.
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live Monday, Aug. 25, on NBC, starting at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. Williams died Aug. 11 at 63 in an apparent suicide.
Crystal co-starred with Williams in “Father’s Day” in 1997, and Crystal, Williams and Whoopi Goldberg were the longtime co-hosts of the “Comic Relief” benefit shows.
“Following Williams’ death, Crystal wrote a brief message on Twitter. His Emmy tribute would be the first time he’d be speaking at length about his friend since his passing,” THR reports. “Sara Bareilles will be the performer during the In Memoriam segment.”
Emmys executive producer Don Mischer announced the plans today during the rollout for the Emmys in L.A.
“Previously announced presenters include Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Halle Berry, Bryan Cranston, Viola Davis, Gwen Stefani, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Harrelson, Julianna Margulies, Matthew McConaughey, Jim Parsons, Amy Poehler, Julia Roberts and Kerry Washington,” THR adds.