The appearance of former chat show king Sir Michael Parkinson on Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain left viewers ‘stunned’ as some said that they did not recognise him.
The veteran interviewer is now 85-years-old and viewers said that he looked “very frail”.
He was on the show to promote his new book, Like Father, Like Son, which, he said, was written about his feelings regarding his father’s death 40 years ago. He was joined on the show by his son and wore a grey junmper and scarf as he was interviewd via a video link from Maidenhead. However, some viewers said that they didn’t recognise him and took to social media to comment.
One Twitter user said “Parky is hardly recognisable there #gmb.” while another Tweeted that he looked “very frail”.
Parkinson talked about how he addressed his father’s death for the “Life Stories” interview with Piers Morgan saying that his feelings during the program bought up many memories of his loss all those years ago. He explained that “In the end it’s bound to come out because it’s too potent, it’s too much a part of your being.” “That’s what the conversation with [Morgan] did, I was fine and we joked about it before, You’re not going to make me cry. But it did, it opened a door that I had closed for too long, and the memory of [my father] in that bag and being in that bag, reduced to that, my father. It was too much for me.
I don’t regret crying for my father, you should be allowed to do that any time.” Parkinson retired from his chat show in 2007 after a glittering career as the king of chat. He had hosted 31 series spanning 20 years.
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