By Danielle Zhu
Updated February 16, 2016 at 04:29 PM EST
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Amid the jokes and controversy surrounding Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death on Saturday, Stephen Colbert has delivered a touching tribute to the Supreme Court Justice.

On The Late Show, Colbert — who has made plenty of jokes at Scalia’s expense over the years — paid tribute to the late Justice, acknowledging his intellect and his sense of humor.

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Colbert shared a memory from his speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2006, when he famously skewered the Bush administration. While his performance was well-received by the liberal public, those in the front rows of the Dinner were not impressed. The only exception was Scalia, who was known for his conservative rulings and cutting dissents. Scalia not only laughed while Colbert was making insulting gestures at him, but also went up to him afterward and complimented Colbert on his thumb-biting material.

“I watched him go and I thought, “Don’t you make me love you, old man,’” Colbert said. “I will forever be grateful for that moment of human contact that he gave me.”

Watch the video above to see Colbert’s tribute.

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