Jimmy Kimmel’s Emotional Tribute to Fred Willard

Jimmy Kimmel recently paid tribute to the late comedic actor Fred Willard, who was also a frequent guest star of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

“He was more than just funny,” Jimmy said. “He had a light inside him; you could see a glint of it in his eyes. And it made everyone around him happy.”

Jimmy also shared a story about when they were shooting a sketch in his house and Fred was “uncharacteristically down” because his wife threw away their Christmas tree — despite the fact that it was June.

“In a lot of ways, Fred Willard was like a Christmas tree in June — a little weird, familiar but still surprising to see it, full of good memories and you’re just instantly happy that it’s there,” he said.

We’re going to miss him. Watch the rest of Jimmy’s tribute below….