On Tuesday morning, the world lost a legend when news broke that beloved children's author Maurice Sendak passed away at age 83. The same morning on "Live with Kelly," Stephen Colbert was scheduled to simply promote his upcoming children's book, "I Am A Pole (And So Can You!)" but since Sendak played a part in helping Colbert develop the book, the Comedy Central host said some very nice things about the famed writer.
After describing his own experiences with Sendak to host Kelly Ripa and guest co-host Michael Strahan, Colbert revealed that Sendak had died that morning, to the audible gasps of many audience members. Colbert called him "just the most wonderful artist, and just a tremendously honest guy," describing his interactions with the "Where the Wild Things Are" author as "an honor."
Sendak's last book was published last September, but perhaps his most high-profile media appearance over the last several years came in January, when "The Colbert Report" ran a two-part discussion with the late author. It would be Sendak's last interview.
In it, Colbert read his own children's book to Sendak, who replied, "The sad thing is, I liked it." That quote made it to the cover of the book as a blurb.
WATCH: Part 1 of Colbert's interview with Maurice Sendak from January.
WATCH: Part 2