Remembering Robin Williams

Robin Williams was a legend in his own time. Apart from being one of the most hilarious and beloved comedians in history, his work reached far beyond his ability to make us laugh. He was nominated for 9 Emmy Awards, 11 Golden Globes, 4 Academy Awards, and won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1998 for his unforgettable role in Good Will Hunting.

Robin was so much more than a talented performer. As a humanitarian, he raised millions of dollars for countless charities close to his heart. He was a father, a husband, and a friend to many. He was certainly a friend to Ellen, the show, and many of the Ellen Show family.

Robin was responsible for some of the most memorable moments our audience has ever seen. His first appearance was in the very first season of the show, and in true Robin fashion he hit the ground running, touching on topics like getting his back waxed, Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction, and Koko the gorilla.

After a recent heart surgery, Robin dropped by to catch up with Ellen on how he was feeling. As Ellen points out, heart surgery can often leave patients feeling depressed, but Robin seemed to have had a very different experience.

On one visit, he offered an idea for a French version of Siri that was downright brilliant.

He and Ellen had such a good time, we didn’t have time to put everything from this visit on the show.


Recently, Robin made a return to television after three decades, and told Ellen about his experience.


Robin was always game for some fun. On his last visit, he even played Ellen's game, "Heads Up!"

At the end of his last visit, Ellen gave Robin some personalized dog toys to give to his beloved pug, Leonard. Later, Robin Instagrammed his and Leonard’s thanks.


Everyone here at the Ellen DeGeneres show is shocked and saddened over the loss of our friend. Our hearts and thoughts are with his family and his three children. His impact on the world is immeasurable. There will never be anyone like him again. He will be greatly missed.