Conan O’Brien remembered Shandling during Thursday’s show, recalling how the comedian helped him through a tough time in his life after he was fired from The Tonight Show.
“He was obviously hysterically funny pretty much all the time, but he was also extremely sensitive,” O’Brien said. “He was complicated. And he had a ton of empathy for other people, and I want to make that point. That is something in this business, in comedy, that is very rare."
Shandling was best known for his work on The Larry Sanders Show and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show. The Emmy winner was revered in the comedy world for his work as both a writer and comic.