Jimmy Tarbuck's Emotional Last Visit with Michael Parkinson at Home Before Passing
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Jimmy Tarbuck's Emotional Last Visit with Michael Parkinson at Home Before Passing

18 August 2023
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Jimmy Tarbuck's Emotional Last Visit with Michael Parkinson at Home Before Passing

End of an Era

On Friday's episode of Good Morning Britain, emotions ran high as Jimmy Tarbuck paid a heartfelt tribute to his dear friend "Parky," the late Michael Parkinson. The renowned British broadcaster and journalist passed away at the age of 88 after a brief illness, leaving behind a legacy that touched many.

Michael Parkinson had battled and conquered prostate cancer eight years prior, but the sad news of his passing came as a shock to many. In a poignant statement released by his family on Thursday, they confirmed that Sir Michael Parkinson peacefully passed away at his home, surrounded by loved ones. The family has requested privacy during this time of mourning.

On the show, 83-year-old Jimmy Tarbuck remembered his recent meeting with young Michael, Michael's son. Last week, they discussed lunch plans at Michael's house, but sadly, those plans can't be fulfilled now.

Jimmy continued to express his admiration for his friend, stating, "He was a giant of our industry, a great journalist, a giant friend. His influence on talk shows remains unmatched. He was delightful company and a very modest man." The comedian's emotions intensified as he added, "Tina Turner sang it, Simply The Best! A giant of our industry, but by God, I'm getting choked now. He was a giant friend to me. I just miss him!"

Michael Parkinson's impact extended beyond personal connections. BBC's director-general, Tim Davie, praised him as "the king of the chat show" and an "incredible broadcaster and journalist." Davie emphasized Michael's unique ability to captivate audiences and celebrities alike, shaping the talk show format for generations to come. "Michael was not only brilliant at asking questions; he was also a wonderful listener. He will be greatly missed," said Davie.

Former BBC colleague ITV's political editor, Nick Robinson, also shared his sentiments, calling Michael "the greatest interviewer of our age" and highlighting his enduring influence on Saturday night TV. Lord Sugar tweeted, "Very sad news on the passing of Michael Parkinson. End of an era. RIP."

The loss of Michael Parkinson reverberates through the entertainment and broadcasting industry, leaving behind a void that will not easily be filled. His contributions to the world of media and his genuine connections with people have etched his name into history.

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