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Video: Stunned Conan O'Brien Tells Audience News Of Robin Williams' Death During Taping

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We were all shocked when we first got wind of Robin Williams' untimely death yesterday. Conan O'Brien also had the same sentiments when he found out about it during an afternoon taping of his TBS talk show, and broke the news to his audience members.

Will Arnett and Andy Richter were also with him when he shared the news, and since they all had worked with Williams at one point or another, they all gave a moving tribute to the late actor and comedian. O'Brien said the news was "absolutely shocking, horrifying, and so upsetting on every level."

Arnett's comment was one of the most telling about Williams: "As funny as he was—he’s truly one of the all-time greats—he was even better as a person. He was even more fantastic— just the loveliest, sweetest, one of the kindest guys that I’ve ever worked with. Just such a soft, warm, emotionally sweet guy, and it’s a major, major loss for everybody."

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Williams was a guest on O'Brien's show back in 2005 while he was promoting animated film, Robots. He immediately broke into an Irish accent when he first sat down for the interview with the host. His comedic timing was perfect. Here's the video clip:

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