Conan O'Brien had the unfortunate responsibility of announcing Robin Williams' death to his studio audience Monday. As guest Will Arnett and sidekick Andy Richter sat nearby, the Conan host told the crowd, "We tape these shows a few hours early, and by the time you see this now on TV, I'm sure that you'll know. This is unusual and upsetting, but we got some news during the show that Robin Williams has passed away," he said. As the gallery gasped, he said, "I'm sorry to anyone in our studio audience that I'm breaking this news. This is absolutely shocking and horrifying, and so upsetting on every level."
"We're at the end of the show and it felt like we just needed to acknowledge [Williams' death]," he explained. "Obviously, we don't know much yet. We know that this has happened and we're absolutely stunned to get this news. I know that everybody here, we've all worked with Robin over the years."
Hours earlier, Williams was found dead at his California home from an apparent suicide.