Chat Show Host Sir Michael Parkinson Passed at 88

Michael Parkinson interviewed global stars during his 7 TV decades.

The family of Sir Michael Parkinson released the following statement: “After a brief illness, Sir Michael Parkinson passed away peacefully at home last night in the company of his family.”

The host “always wanted the interviewee to shine,” according to Sir David Attenborough, who led the tributes.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s The World At One, Sir David, who frequently appeared as a guest on Parkinson, said of Michael: “With Michael, it was always friendly, always thorough, always intellectual, always a pleasure to do it, and I think that came over no matter who is interviewee was.

He always completed his studies, was aware of the noteworthy passages, and guided you.

As a viewer, you could tell if Michael was asking the questions that they would be good questions that would elicit good replies, he continued.

“Truly one of a kind, an incredible broadcaster and journalist who will be hugely missed,” said Tim Davie, director general of the BBC.

“Michael was the king of the chat show and he defined the format for all the presenters and shows that followed,” said Davie.

He conducted enthralling interviews with the top celebrities of the 20th century. In addition to being an excellent question-asker, Michael was also an excellent listener.

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