A clip of George Michael’s classic introduction during his 1998 interview with Michael Parkinson has resurfaced following the legendary talk show host’s death.
The broadcaster died “peacefully at home” yesterday (August 16) aged 88 after a short illness, his family shared.
Parkinson’s television career spanned seven decades, hosting the world’s biggest stars including Muhammad Ali, Elton John, Madonna and many more in the studio.
One of Parkinson’s many memorable moments came when the star of Wham! Michael appeared on the show in 1998, just months after he was arrested in Los Angeles for committing a “rare act” in a public restroom.
A clip of Michael’s introductory remarks to Parkinson has been re-shared online, in which he begins by telling Parkinson that he is “honoured to appear”.
He recalled that he was eight or nine years old when his mother allowed him to stay up late to see Parkinson, adding: “She thought it would be a bit of quality to see, so it’s a great privilege I have to be here.”
Parkinson politely told the singer that his words were “very kind”, before Michael added: “She probably wouldn’t be so excited that I had to pull my dick out to get up here.”
The studio audience greeted this moment with laughter and cheers: “Indeed, would I have gone an hour tonight without that incident?” said Michael.
Two icons chatting openly and seeming to respect each other,” wrote another on X (Twitter).
“Michael Parkinson was the best interviewer and talk show host ever,” wrote one X user, while another said it was “my favorite moment” of Parkinson’s.
David Attenborough, Stephen Fry and Dara O’Briain, among others, have paid tribute to the late broadcaster.
Meanwhile, Michael’s fans got to watch the late pop legend’s journey with Andrew Ridgeley in the new documentary Wham!, which NME described as “a ray of sunshine through dark clouds” in a four-star review.
In a recent interview with Ridgeley, the musician recalled that one of his fondest memories of his late friend was being kicked out of the Triple-X theater in London’s Soho.
“We went to a strip club when we were 16-17 and we asked for the drink bill and it was really outrageous, so we were like, ‘We’re not going to pay that!’ until the bouncer was called and he. It was clear we weren’t going to pay for that! We weren’t going anywhere until we did,” recalls Ridgeley. “They demanded every penny we had – which was £20 – and then asked us to leave.”
He added: “Like all good friends, we got into all sorts of silly situations.”