"I remember Jett when he was born. I saw him when he was a few months old and John just adored him," he continued. "It's something I don't have the words..."
With Cruise barely holding it together, View maven Barbara Walters changed the subject, asking if Cruise had a response to critics who claim Scientology prevents parents from giving medication to their ailing children and have suggested the religion's rules played a part in the 16-year-old's death.
"Not true. It's actually the opposite," Cruise said, explaining that adherents are encouraged to go in for physicals and see doctors when ailing.
The interview was taped earlier this week and scheduled to air today, but was preempted by a press conference by President-elect Barack Obama. The segment will now run Friday.
Cruise was among the first to console Travolta and Preston following Jett's death in the Bahamas on Jan. 2, but there's no word yet on whether he will be among the mourners at today's funeral service in Florida.
(Origingally published Jan. 8, 2009 at 1:01 p.m. PT.)