Jeff Labrecque
September 07, 2011 AT 04:47 PM EDT

Fans of Jimmy Kimmel and his beloved Uncle Frank, who passed away two weeks ago after battling cancer, didn’t have to wait until the end of last night’s show for the host’s emotional tribute. Kimmel opened the show with a 20-minute “who-logy” — as Uncle Frank said — that captured all the colors of this crazy, loving, endearing man who became an uncle to everyone involved with the underdog late-night show. “Listen, I’m going to try to do this without crying,” Kimmel began, before instantly shedding some tears. “He was very excited about his funeral. He would have loved this. I almost think he died intentionally just to get a tribute show.” Take a brief look at Kimmel’s touching speech below.

Now do yourself a favor and watch the entire eulogy at Jimmy’s site.

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‘Uncle Frank’ Potenza, of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ fame, dies at 77

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