Emmy Awards plan tribute to Robin Williams with Billy Crystal

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FILE - This Feb. 28, 2004 file photo shows Oscar host Billy Crystal, center, and presenter Robin Williams, right, joking around after a writers' meeting for the 76th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The producer of the Emmys says that Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams during the awards ceremony. Executive producer Don Mischer said that Crystal will honor Williams as part of the traditional “in memoriam” segment for industry members who died during the past year. Williams was found dead by suicide in his Northern California home Aug. 11. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)


This Nov. 23, 2009 photo released by Starpix shows actor-comedian Robin Williams performing his stand-up show, “Weapons of Self Destruction,” at Town Hall in New York. After thousands of fans petitioned the creators of the online role-playing video game "World of Warcraft" to memorialize Williams, the game's lead designer said Thursday that Blizzard Entertainment planned to create a character inspired by the actor, comedian and avid gamer, who died Monday, Aug. 11 of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. Williams was a notable fan of the massively multiplayer fantasy game, which is currently played online by about 6.8 million people. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca)


LOS ANGELES — Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week's Emmy Awards.

Crystal will honor Williams as part of the traditional "in memoriam" segment for industry members who died during the past year, Emmy executive producer Don Mischer said in a statement Wednesday.

Mischer said the memorial segment during Monday's ceremony will include a performance from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.

Williams was found dead in his Northern California home on Aug. 11.

At last year's Emmys, Williams honored his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters during the tribute segment.

The Emmy Awards will be broadcast by NBC.

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