Newswire: Celebrities happily reflect on all the times Don Rickles made fun of them

The internet quickly filled with tributes today to the life and wit of Don Rickles, the man who made insult comedy an artform unto itself. Many of those heartfelt odes emphasized the kindness that underscored Rickles’ famous jabs, the generosity of spirit that made his Johnny Carson-applied nickname of “Mr. Warmth” less ironic than it initially seemed. As sweet as those are, though, we’re more fascinated by all the people proudly holding up their badges of comedy honor tonight, reminiscing about the times Rickles insulted them to their faces:

Aw jeez. Rickles .Sweetest, funniest, legend and mensch. Came to a party at my house gave me a dollar and told me to get a nicer place.#RIP

— Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) April 6, 2017

Don once begged me for a couple of bucks then told me to twist myself into a pretzel. Ego slayer! Comic Everest! Spank you, Mr Rickles …

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