Kathy Griffin remembers friend Don Rickles: ‘We have lost an essential voice’

Don was fearless and peerless. Now, please,” Griffin wrote. Following Rickles’ April 6 death from kidney failure, Griffin   remembered him across several social media posts, including a photo of the 90-year-old posing next to another of Griffin’s mentors, Joan Rivers, who died in 2014. “Stylistically, he’s absolutely a hero for me because he has a great way of saying the things we’re all thinking, but really getting away with it. He really reminds me of my dad.”

Two years prior, the pair took the stage together at the 60th Emmy Awards to present the   trophy for Outstanding Reality Competition Program. “We have lost an essential voice in comedy. My pal. Now, four days after his death, Griffin is   sending him off with a sweet tribute that acknowledges his status as not only a friend and esteemed colleague,   but   an industry legend as well. A post shared by Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) on Apr 6, 2017 at 10:10pm PDT

Griffin is currently on a national tour to support her new book, Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins, which is available now. Show Full Article This guy. Rickles turned the appearance into a mini stand-up set of his own, cracking the audience up as he poked fun at everything from the telecast’s prewritten introductions to the show’s production staff   signaling him to wrap up. “He is inherently funny. Kathy Griffin has forged a   storied career telling hilarious stories about her run-ins with the Hollywood elite, and some of her most endearing interactions come   from her work with late comedian Don Rickles. #donrickles
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Griffin has also included Rickles in her stand-up act over the years, recalling a memorable story about him lampooning   his Casino costar, Sharon Stone,   as part of   the 2010 special Kathy Griffin   Does the Bible Belt. “These two. There’s something about Don’s way of being a combination of crusty and out there and outrageous, but really, really sweet. Anyone who thought he was mean or an ‘insult comic’ didn’t get him,” the 56-year-old   said in a statement to EW. “He was a sweetheart, an artist, and a friend. They need to come back. Now, please. They need to come back. The legend. And oh, the gems that would roll off his tongue at a dinner party!”
Griffin previously allowed audiences to   experience   the chemistry   she   shared with Rickles while filming   a   2010 episode of her Bravo reality series Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List   titled “Maggie’s Bucket List,” during which she surprised her mother with an unexpected visit from the former Tonight Show   staple. These two. He can say things that on paper might look offensive, but when he says them, they’re funny,” Griffin said in a video confessional on the episode.