Kelly Ripa and Joy Behar Praise Dr. Fredric Brandt, Martin Short Skips Premiere Following Suicide Reports
An emotional Kelly Ripa is expressing public grief over the suicide of her doctor after he was mocked in a new sitcom.
Ripa broke into a three-minute tribute to Dr. Brandt, who hanged himself at his palatial home in Miami. Dr. Brandt was caricatured by comedian Martin Short in the new Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
"Basically, a member of our family, Dr. Fredric Brandt, died very tragically on Sunday," said Ripa. "He was just a great person, a great friend. He will be missed. I cannot tell you how much I will miss him. I'll miss him every day of my life."
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Another celebrity patient, Joy Behar, tweeted: "Dr. Brandt was one of the sweetest, nicest, most generous people I have had the good fortune to meet and work with."
Tina Fey, creator of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, has not spoken about the tragedy, but her husband, executive producer Jeff Richmond, called the doctor's suicide "very sad."
Many celebrities went to Dr. Brandt's clinic in Manhattan for botox, collagen and other treatments, but published reports say that Dr. Brandt had become so depressed in recent weeks he even broke down crying in front of a patient during a procedure.
A friend told the New York Daily News, "The Kimmy Schmidt parody pushed him over the edge."
Martin Short was scheduled to appear at the premiere of The Comedians, an edgy new comedy on FX starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, but Short was a no-show.
How far comedians should go was a hot topic on the red carpet.
Gad told INSIDE EDITION, "There's a line that I certainly won't cross, but you have to be careful about censorship."
Billy Crystal told INSIDE EDITION, "I've always had lines. It's like a foot foul in bowling. The things goes off baaaaa! And you step back. You can push it and FX has let us do that, and that's great. It's a comedian's job."