Longtime radio and TV show host Joe Franklin died Saturday at the age of 88.
Franklin died of cancer, according to his former producer, Steve Garrin, the Associated Press reported.
According to Franklin’s website he was, “in many ways, the pioneer of the modern TV talk show format.”
Billy Crystal tweeted about Franklin’s death on Sunday, writing that, “Joe Franklin was a New York original, I grew up watching Memory Lane and loved imitating him on SNL. A sad day for all who knew him.”