George Michael's incredible opening line during Michael Parkinson interview is going viral
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George Michael's incredible opening line during his interview with the late Michael Parkinson is going viral.
Legendary interviewer and chat show host Sir Michael Parkinson died at the age of 88 yesterday (16 August) and fans have since flooded in to share tributes, looking back on some of the most memorable moments from the BBC broadcaster's decade-spanning career.
The interview starts out fairly normal with the 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go' star saying: "This is a great honour for me because I can remember being I don't know eight or nine years old and my mum would allow me to stay up beyond a certain time in the evening only to watch the Parkinson show."
Michael went on to call the programme 'quality watching' before adding: "I'm very very privileged to be here."
"Well that's very kind of you," Parkinson thanked.
"It's good to have you."
It was at this point when things end up taking an extremely bizarre turn.
"And, uh," Michael went on, "she probably wouldn't be quite as thrilled that I had to take my willy out to get on here."
The crowd, unsurprisingly, then erupts into a chorus of cheer and laughter.
Even Parkinson couldn't hold back his laughter.
The late pop icon joked: "I mean, really, would I have been on for an hour tonight without [it]?"
One Twitter user called the pair: "Two legends in their own right (and how hilarious)."
"That whole episode is one of the best," reminisced a second. "RIP to both of them."
A third praised: "This illustrates Parky at his best, making celebs be authentic."
"What an elegant opening," commented a fourth. "George obviously felt the best person to have the conversation with was Mr Parkinson. That speaks volumes."
Another wrote: "This was pitch perfect from George Michael. And, as ever, Parky knew when not to interrupt. RIP."
A final Twitter user added: "This was the interview I thought of today when I heard the news.
"A lot of interviewers today would try to use the situation as a *gotcha*. Parky listens and George is dazzling and the audience is in love."
They sure were.