Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Oscar-winning actor and fellow comedian Robin Williams at the 2014 Emmy Awards’ traditional “In Memoriam” segment, Emmy executive producer Don Mischer said in a statement Wednesday. The legendary entertainer was found dead on Aug. 11 at his home in northern California.
Crystal, who was a longtime friend of Williams', will be joined by Grammy-nominated singer Sara Bareilles, who will “feature a musical performance.” The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held Monday at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Last year, Williams honored his friend and mentor, Jonathan Winters, during the In Memoriam segment.
Mischer said, in a statement, that Crystal will talk about the impact Williams had on the entertainment world.
"While we are all still coming to terms with this week's tragic news, we are working to give Robin Williams the proper and meaningful remembrance he so well deserves,” Mischer had reportedly said last week.
The ceremony will be hosted by Seth Meyers, who Mischer said is a “wonderful performer and brilliant writer.”
This year's Emmy Awards Red Carpet Rollout ceremony took place on Wednesday after Mischer, Meyers and Television Academy chief Bruce Rosenblum joined the yearly ritual that “marks the final countdown to television's biggest night.”
Other stars who will be honored in the “In Memoriam” segment include NBC announcer Don Pardo, television writer Alan Landsburg, radio personality Casey Kasem and actor-director Philip Seymour Hoffman, among others.