Watch: Billy Crystal bids adieu to Robin Williams in heartbreaking Emmys tribute

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(CNN) — Hearts had to break Monday night for Billy Crystal, the sometimes-Oscar host who delivered a heartfelt tribute to his buddy Robin Williams.

“It is very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in our lives,” Crystal said of the actor, who was found dead of an apparent suicide earlier this month.

Crystal spoke fondly, touchingly for nearly five minutes.

The night before, the VMAs paused to remember Williams — for a mere 23 seconds.

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