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Norm Macdonald honored by late night hosts: 'God, we're gonna miss him'

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Late night hosts paid homage to Norm Macdonald Tuesday after the comedian passed away earlier in the day after secretly living with cancer for nine years. Jimmy Fallon had to hold his emotions back when he first spoke about it, but went on to recall the first time he met Macdonald shortly after being hired at Saturday Night Live. Stephen Colbert said that Macdonald helped him out during a brief stint as a guest writer at SNL, during which Colbert ended up spending the whole time writing for Weekend Update, which Mcdonald used to anchor, and Colbert had some high praise.

“I wish I were a good enough comedian to come up with a joke right now about Norm Macdonald having died. But the only comedian I know who could get away with a ‘Norm Macdonald is dead joke,’ is Norm Macdonald,” Colbert said. “And I'm going to miss the fact that there's nobody left on the planet who can do that, and the comedy world is poorer for it today.”

Seth Meyers, who also once helmed the Weekend Update desk, said that Macdonald told his favorite joke ever on the segment.

“It is a perfect Norm joke,” Meyers said, before telling it with Macdonald-like cadence. “The richest girl in the world, billionaire Athina Onassis celebrated her 10th birthday this week. What’s it like to be the richest girl in the world? Well, to give you some idea, at the party they had two cakes.”