Mel Brooks Mourns ‘My Best Friend’ Carl Reiner

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Carl Reiner was mourned by Hollywood today (June 30) when the news broke of his passing on Monday night (June 29) at age 98. Fans were waiting to see whether his longtime comedic partner, Mel Brooks, would share his thoughts and at 5:30 p.m. ET, he did.

In a post on his Twitter page, Brooks called Reiner his “best friend” and touted his comedic skills, writing, “there was no better straight man in the world.” Brooks, who turned 94 on June 28 also called Reiner “a giant, unmatched in his contributions to entertainment.”

Brooks’ entire statement: “Carl was a giant, unmatched in his contributions to entertainment. He created comedy gems like The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Jerk, and Where’s Poppa? I met him in 1950 when he joined Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows, and we’ve been best friends ever since. I loved him.

“When we were doing the 2000 Year Old Man together there was no better straight man in the world.”

“So whether he wrote or performed orhe was just your best friend–nobody could do it better. He’ll be greatly missed. A tired cliche in times like this, but in Carl Reiner’s case it’s absolutely true.

“He will be greatly missed.”

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