Michael Parkinson claims BBC ‘quietly showed him the door after shows original run

Michael Parkinson in tears as he rewatches interview

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Journalist and author Michael Parkinson, 86, has claimed that he was “shown the door” by the BBC following the end of the original run of his popular, self-titled chat show Parkinson. The talk show initially ran for 11 years in its first stint before going on a 16-year break, which the broadcaster has claimed was because he was “quietly shown the door” by the media giants.

I don’t think I did. I think I was quietly shown the door

Michael Parkinson

Addressing the last series of his self-titled host show at the end of its first stint in 1982, the journalist claims that he was made to exit “quietly”.

When asked why the show ended, Michael suggested that it hadn’t been his idea to wrap up the programme.

He said: “I can’t remember. Why would I walk away?

“I don’t think I did. I think I was quietly shown the door,” he told the Radio Times.

After a 16-year break, the show started again and this time ran from 1998 to 2004.

Parkinson went on to run on ITV for another three years until ending in 2007 following the star’s announcement of his retirement.

However, despite the end of the show’s initial 11-year stint, the journalist went on to make waves on Australian TV and presented Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, taking over from Roy Plomley.

Addressing the return of his show in 1998, Michael told how he was more equipped to do a “better” job of interviewing the show’s guests.

He said to the publication: “When the show came back it was better. I was much more confident, I was older and I’d done it once so I knew I could do it better.”

Last week saw the TV legend relive some of his fondest memories as he re-watched a number of his old shows back.

The star was looking back at some of his most iconic interviews with his son and the show’s producer Michael Parkinson Jr, in a programme celebrating his 50 years on television.

However, when asked what his favourite-ever interview was, the presenter got emotional and broke down in tears.

He said: “The question I am always asked is ‘What was my favourite interview?’ Well, it’s an impossible question, and the answer I give always surprises.”

Michael told how his “favourite” interview was with Dr Jacob Bronowski who spoke of visiting a concentration camp and crematorium at Auschwitz.

As Sir Michael watched the clip back of his first interview with the scientist, he struggled to hold back the tears.

As they replayed a clip of Sir Michael’s first interview with the scientist, Dr Bronowski explained visiting Auschwitz was tough for him because many of his relatives had died there.

“He had a great gift,” Sir Michael continued. “The great gift talk show hosts dream of guests having.

“Which is that he was wonderfully articulate and never quoted a boring sentence in his life.”

“Of course, I can only watch it now and feel the tears.

“It was one man’s account of the horror of what Nazi Germany did to the Jews. And it is profoundly moving because he is such an extraordinary man,” he added.

Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for comment.

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