Jimmy Kimmel remembered the legendary television writer Norman Lear after he passed away at the age of 101.
The All in the Family creator succumbed on Tuesday, December 5, in his Los Angeles residence.
He lived for a century and a year, yet, Kimmel, 56, wished he could spend more time with the TV icon who created over 100 shows during his career.
The comedian shared, in a caption on Instagram, that Lear’s "bravery, integrity and unmatched moral compass were equaled by his kindness, empathy, and wit."
Kimmel revelaed that Lear felt great pride after being dubbed "The number one enemy of the American Family," by the so-called Reverend Jerry Falwell.
For the unversed, the television host has worked with Lear on the Live In Front of a Studio Audience, which was the re-creation of one of the classic episodes from All in the Family and The Jeffersons starring Woody Harrelson and Jamie Foxx.
He provided an insight into Norman’s work, saying, "More than anyone before him, Norman used situation comedy to shine a light on prejudice, intolerance, and inequality."
He explained that the Good Times maker "created families that mirrored ours", reflecting on the fact that a world does exist where, "Archie Bunker and Michael Stivic could learn to not only co-exist, but to love one another."
Kimmel concluded that Lear was a "great American" and he was not able to come to terms with his death, saying, "We were all very lucky to have him."
Lear’s death was caused by natural causes as per a statement by his publicist to Variety on Wednesday, December 7.
It was revealed that a private service for immediate family will be held in the coming days.