The late night host scrapped his initial monologue on TBS' Conan Thursday night to memorialize his friend and mentor, who died suddenly after a massive heart attack, TMZ reports. The comedian was 66 years old.
O'Brien described Shandling as a rare breed of comedian who was not only hilarious but "really did care about other people."
He then went on to describe how Shandling helped him out of a deep rut after his stint on The Tonight Show turned out a failure. During an impromptu Hawaii vacation with his family, O'Brien said Shandling sought him out and "counseled me, he cheered me up, he told me jokes, he talked to me about philosophy. He talked to me about how there are bigger things in the world and I was going to be fine."
He described the last day of the Hawaii trip, during which the duo went on a long walk about the island and hiked through a cave. Toward the end of the day, they were watching the sunset from a remote part of the island when O'Brien joked to Shandling, "this is the most romantic moment of my life, and it's with you."
"I never had the chance to get to know him," Meyers said, calling the Larry Sanders show "completely groundbreaking." He joked watching Larry Sanders made him not want to host a talk show.
Garry Shandling was as kind and generous as he was funny and that is saying a lot.— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 24, 2016
Garry Shandling died suddenly Thursday following a medical emergency, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The actor and comedian rose to fame with the help of It's Garry Shandling's Show, which aired between 1986 and 1990.