James Martin says he will ‘never forget Michael Parkinson for helping him

This Morning: Sir Michael Parkinson dies aged 88

James Martin has paid a touching tribute to Sir Michael Parkinson, who has sadly died at the age of 88.

The celebrity chef, 51, reflected on his thirty-year friendship with the broadcaster and journalist.

James took to Instagram to share how he “will never forget” how Michael helped him at the “beginning” of his career over three decades ago.

He shared with his, 725,000 followers: “RIP the best of the best. I will never forget the time he spent helping me in the beginning in the media 30 years ago. The love and time he had for food, people, cricket and of course Yorkshire.”

He continued: “It was an honour to have met and worked with a legend, a word often overused but no one could do what Sir Michael Parkinson did. Thoughts and prayers to all family and friends”.

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Tributes to the TV legend poured in from the comments section, as one follower said: “So sad. He was such a wonderful man.”

“How sad he has gone. One of the best. Will be so missed. Thoughts and condolences to his family,” said another.

While another commented: “A lovely person, watched him for many years on TV. RIP.”

The broadcaster was one of British television’s most famous faces, as he interviewed the legends like Muhammad Ali, Sir Elton John and George Michael.

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It was revealed yesterday by Michael’s agent that the star had died aged 88.

It was reported that he died peacefully at home in the company of his family on Wednesday night, following a brief illness.

The former journalist had his own show, Parkinson, which ran on the BBC from 1971 to 1982.

He relaunched the show in 1998 before it moved to ITV in 2004, remaining on air until he retired the programme in 2007.

The TV host, affectionately known as Parky, filmed over 800 episodes and interviewed some of the world’s most high-profile figures.

A-listers he chatted to included Tom Cruise, Helen Mirren and Madonna. Not to mention that he made comedian Sir Billy Connolly a household name.

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