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Disturbing joke Jimmy Savile made in his last ever interview before death

Disturbing joke Jimmy Savile made in his last ever interview before death

He took part in an interview just days before he died in 2011

Jimmy Savile made a disturbing joke in his final interview before he passed away in October 2011 at the age of 84 - just two days before his birthday.

The disgraced TV personality had been hospitalised with pneumonia prior to his death, but was released and passed away at his home in Leeds.

In his final ever interview he wore a green tracksuit and spoke about his recent illness.

Savile said: “It was a foreign virus.

“I've got a bounce back-ability, but this time I don't seem to be bouncing back.”

His words turned out to be keenly accurate, and he was dead a week later.

During the interview, Savile was asked how he felt to be turning to 85, to which he grimly joked: “So many women, so little time.”

Savile had a wildly successful TV career and was even awarded an OBE by the late Queen Elizabeth.

Although some allegations about Savile’s conduct had been made while he was alive, they were largely dismissed - at the time of his death the British public were unaware of what a monster he had been and tributes poured in when news of his death broke.

Jimmy Savile made a disturbing joke in his final interview.
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However, in the months that followed, allegations of his sexual abuse hit headlines, with more victims coming forward.

In the wake of the allegations, investigations were launched at both the BBC and the NHS, and the Metropolitan Police set up Operation Yewtree, which looked into historical sexual abuse allegations against Savile and other celebrities.

Police investigating the claims concluded that Savile had been a predatory sex offender - with potentially hundreds of victims.

A new BBC mini-series The Reckoning airs later today, featuring Steve Coogan as Savile.

Steve Coogan as paedophile Jimmy Savile.
BBC

It centres on Savile’s rise to fame, while also looking at how his decades of heinous sexual crimes went undetected.

A synopsis from the BBC reads: “Using drama’s unique ability to place events in their emotional and historical context, the series will explore how Savile used his celebrity and powerful connections to conceal his crimes and exploit institutional failings.

“It is important to understand how he was able to hide in plain sight in order to gain a greater understanding of how he evaded justice.

“The drama aims to highlight the importance of confronting the horrors of the past and talking openly about abuse.”

The Reckoning airs on BBC One tonight at 9pm or is available to steam on iPlayer right now.

Featured Image Credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

Topics: Crime, UK News, Jimmy Savile, TV and Film