Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal Share Stories About Robin Williams on 'The View'

PHOTO: Robin Williams at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Sept. 22, 2013.CBS/Getty Images
Robin Williams at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Sept. 22, 2013.

Billy Crystal stopped by "The View" on Friday to chat about his book "Still Foolin’ ‘em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?"

Billy Crystal has been close friends with "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg for more than three decades and it only made sense that Goldberg would do the interviewing.

At one point during the interview, the conversation turned to their dear friend Robin Williams.

Goldberg, 58, praised Crystal, 66, on his tribute to Williams at the Emmy Awards late last month.

Read: Billy Crystal's Emotional 2014 Emmy Awards Tribute to Robin Williams

"It was one of the hardest, if not the hardest thing I've ever had to do," Crystal said. "He was such a great, dear friend of ours, such a joyous spirit, so when it all happened ... that's why I tweeted that, 'No words,' 'cause I didn't have any. I just had pain. So, that night [at the Emmys] was the first night I would talk and say something about our buddy. It was hard to craft it and make it humorous and personal ... and sort of being a two-minute eulogy in front of the country."

Crystal added that it helped him get through the pain all of Williams' close friends must have been going through.

"He was such an amazing person. He was the most brilliant performer you could ever imagine. His physical presence on a stage was amazing. Many times, we'd be together on stage, the three of us, and Whoopi and I were like his parents," he joked. "It just became so sort of magical to work with him and it was just the greatest."

Crystal, Goldberg and Williams raised more than $70 million for the homeless in America through Comic Relief, but "for us, it was a chance to get to know each other," he said.

"We started in 1986 and we became the closest of friends," he added. "Robin and I just bonded in the quiet moments."

He talked about the great times, the times the three would bring checks for hundreds of thousands of dollars to shelters.

PHOTO: Whoopi Goldberg speaks with Billy Crystal about fellow comedian and friend Robin Williams on an episode of The View, Sept. 19, 2014.ABC
Whoopi Goldberg speaks with Billy Crystal about fellow comedian and friend Robin Williams on an episode of The View, Sept. 19, 2014.

"Robin and I as we got older, it became this amazing bond," he said. "Very fiercely protective of each other, in great ways. The phone calls -- we talked about doing an album, like let's take these phone calls, we were like two jazz musicians, late at night I'd get these calls and we'd go for hours and we never spoke as ourselves."

He continued, "When it was announced I was going to Broadway, I had 50 phone messages from some person named Gary, who wanted to be my backstage dresser [which was Williams]."

Then Crystal added the duo were very protective of their dear friend Goldberg.

"You would host the Oscars," Crystal said to Goldberg. "Robin lives in San Francisco and I'd be in LA. She'd do her opening, phone would ring, 'How do you think she's doing boss?' I'd say, 'Thought it was good, really strong opening, great.' Five minutes later, you'd done your first intro, 'What do you think, i think it was really great.' The whole show would be the two of us on the phone."

Goldberg got noticeably choked up when hearing all about the love that Williams and Crystal shared for the iconic actress and comedian.

"The two of them," Goldberg said of her time on Comic Relief. "I would just sit [and watch], you didn't want to go do anything, but watch these fools."

Williams took his own life at the age of 63 last month on Aug. 11.

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