In a deeply-felt sentimental moment of tribute to dear pal Robin Williams, who killed himself in 2014, Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal reprised the trio’s long-standing, under-the-radar ritual of always getting together at Christmastime!
Said an insider: “Bobby phoned Billy, sobbing and torn apart that close buddy Robin wasn’t with them. He just couldn’t stop crying, saying, ‘I miss Robin so much — it’s finally hit me that he’s really gone!’ Billy, overcome with emotion, also began sobbing as the buddies experienced gut-wrenching grief over losing their best friend. They wept together over half an hour, and kept saying: ‘The holidays will never be same …!'”