News Robin, Billy & Whoopi: Behind the Closest Friendship in Hollywood Published 4:49 PM PDT, August 14, 2014 ETONLINE ET was with Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg many times over the years and we dove into our vault to show their close friendship.PICS: Remembering Robin Williams The trio was brought together by their Comic Relief charity work, and we were present at the 1986 press conference for the first benefit."When I called Robin up and asked him if he would do this, he said, 'Absolutely!'" said Comic Relief founder Bob Zmuda. "I think we raised about $3 million on that event." Comic Relief was formed to help America's homeless. To date, the non-profit organization has raised roughly $70 million for those in need.Watch the video to see the three friends give our producer Lu Murray a special shout out during a 1989 interview that had everyone in stitches.