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British ‘chat present king’ Michael Parkinson dies aged 88


The veteran TV host’s profession spanned seven many years and he interviewed the world’s greatest stars on his long-running chat present.

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Michael Parkinson, the veteran British chat present host whose decades-spanning profession featured interviews with among the world’s highest-profile figures, has died on the age of 88, his household stated on Thursday, August 17.

His BBC present “Parkinson” which first aired in June 1971 made him a family identify. He died late on Wednesday following a quick sickness.

Muhammad Ali, Fred Astaire, Elton John, Paul McCartney and Peter Sellers had been only a few of the well-known names to grace his interview sofa. Others included Lauren Bacall, David Bowie, Tom Cruise, Helen Mirren and Gwyneth Paltrow.

“Sir Michael Parkinson handed away peacefully at dwelling final evening within the firm of his household,” his household stated in a press release, requesting “privateness and time to grieve.”

The star interviewer’s BBC chat present loved a profitable run till 1982 earlier than being revived in 1998. He switched from the BBC to industrial rival ITV in 2004, the place he continued till 2007.

Parkinson’s ultimate two-hour present in late 2007 featured a sometimes star-studded line-up of footballer David Beckham, actors Michael Caine and Judy Dench, environmental broadcaster David Attenborough and comic Billy Connolly.

‘Extra probability of turning into Martian than being knighted’

Parkinson was knighted by the late Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2008. “I by no means anticipated to be knighted – I assumed there was extra probability of me turning right into a Martian actually,” stated the broadcaster who grew up the son of a miner in a working class group in northern England.

Previous to taking to the airwaves, he labored as a newspaper journalist, work that he credited with honing his interview expertise.

In 2013, he revealed he had been recognized with prostate most cancers following a routine well being verify. He had three sons along with his spouse Mary, who he married in 1959.

Tributes rapidly flooded in for the British TV legend, with the director-general of the BBC lauding him as “the king of the chat present” and an “unbelievable broadcaster and journalist.”

It’s going to re-air a celebration program about Parkinson on Thursday night. Comic Stephen Fry praised his authenticity. “The genius of Parky was that not like most individuals (and most of his visitors, me included) he was at all times one hundred pc himself. On digital camera and off,” he stated on Instagram.

An extended-time newspaper sports activities columnist and cricket fanatic, Parkinson was additionally lauded by celebrated former umpire Dickie Hen, who had spoken to his “true pal” by telephone simply hours earlier than he died. “I am fully surprised and shocked,” Hen informed Instances Radio. “There’ll by no means be one other one like him… He’ll go down as a legend… he was one of the best.”

Le Monde with AFP

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