This August will mark four years since Robin Williams tragically passed away, though with all the comedic and dramatic works he performed in over the decades, he continues to be fondly remembered as one of Hollywood's greatest talents. However, earlier this week, Williams popped back into the news when it was reported that he'd been engaged in a "bitter feud" with Jim Carrey, supposedly because Williams was jealous about Carrey's rising fame at the time. Carrey has now weighed in on these reports, saying there was no feud and that he and Williams were respectful towards one another. In Carrey's words:
RadarOnline is completely off base and creating a feud that didn't exist. Robin may have expressed insecurity about me and my rise to success but I have never had anything but the greatest respect for him and his genius. He was also always respectful to me in person. He called me 'Maestro' and I called him 'Billy the Kid.' Let's get it straight. There's no feud if one side isn't aware of it.
This whole thing started when when New York Times journalist Dave Itzkoff's new biography about Robin Williams, appropriately titled Robin, was released. In the book, it's briefly mentioned that Williams felt threatened by Jim Carrey surging stardom, and apparently Williams became upset when he learned that Carrey had signed on to play The Riddler in 1995's Batman Forever, a role that Williams had turned down. Williams' makeup artist Cheri Minns confirmed that the actor did have some insecurity about Carrey's popularity, recalling a time when Williams' ex-wife Marsha told him that there was "room for other people."
Following the Robin biography's publication, RadarOnline published a report claiming that there was major tension between Williams and Carrey, even though the book didn't indicate this. Now Carrey has set the record and confirmed that there was no "bitter feud" at all. Even if Williams may have felt insecure about Carrey's fame, it sounds like on a personal level, these two got along wonderfully.
Along with delivering a statement to Gossip Cop about his relationship with Robin Williams, Jim Carrey also posted the below painting that he made of the late actor. Coming from Carrey, being called a "quantum computer" is high praise.
Robin Williams committed suicide on August 11, 2014, and in the Robin biography, it states that he had been diagnosed with diffuse Lewy body dementia, which reportedly caused him to lose some of his trademark energy. Williams' last live action appearance was reprising Theodore Roosevelt in 2014's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, while his final film role was voicing Dennis the Dog in the 2015 sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything.
As for Jim Carrey, he most recently appeared in the Netflix documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, which chronicled Jim Carrey's time staying in character as Andy Kaufman for the 1999 movie Man on the Moon. He can be seen later this year starring in the Showtime series Kidding.