Parkinson fights back tears on final talk show

Michael Parkinson fought back tears as he brought down the curtain on his talk show career tonight.

Michael Parkinson fought back tears as he brought down the curtain on his talk show career tonight.

The TV legend had a ’wish list’ of guests on his last ever chat show.

David Beckham, Michael Caine, David Attenborough, Judi Dench, Dame Edna Everage, Billy Connolly, Peter Kay and Jamie Cullum all appeared on the two hour special tonight.

Phoenix Nights comedian Kay, 34, who used to be a warm up act on the show made Parky, 72, dress up as a lollipop man telling him he should take the job now he is going to be unemployed. Dame Judi sang to Parkinson, who has been hosting his own talk show since 1971.

Parkinson, the son of a miner told the audience: “I was told to pick a wish list and I put down these names and every single one of them is here.”

As the recording came to a close, he said: “Over the years it has been a privilege to meet some of the most intelligent and interesting people.

“It has always been a great joy and I shall miss it.”

He appeared visibly moved as he was given a standing ovation as the cameras stopped rolling on the show, which is broadcast next month and joked of his guests: “We’re all going to get pissed.”

Jazz star Cullum, 28, played the classic track 'Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone' in tribute to the host.

Parkinson helped launch the singer’s career by featuring him on his show when he was an unknown.

'Get Carter' star Michael, who has been on the show more than any other actor, asked Parkinson: “You are out of work when we finish. Will you sign on?”

The star also used his slot to tell Parkinson he did not like his voice being impersonated. He said: “They’ve got me on birthday cards saying ’It’s your birthday today...not very many people know that.’

“People ask me ’Have you been doing sat navs?’ I say ’No, I don’t do sat navs or birthday cards.’ All they have to do is print ’This is an impersonation’...and you can’t do anything.”

Connolly, who has been on the show more than any other person said of reaching his 65th birthday: “The biggest terror I have of growing old is smelling of pee.”

Beckham told of his disappointment at England’s football defeat and received a huge cheer from the studio audience.

Broadcaster David revealed he hated only one animal, rats, he told Parkinson: “The reason rats don’t appeal to me is that the rat invades our living space.

“I was in India a while ago sitting on the loo and a rat appeared between my thighs.”

Kay gave Parkinson a buttoned alarm to wear around his neck as well as the lollipop outfit for his old age and told Beckham of England’s football defeat: “It’s over now. You can relax.“

Judi, wearing a near sheer top, sent up Parkinson’s famously frosty interview with actress Meg Ryan and puppet Emu in her song.

Dame Edna tried to get to Beckham’s ’golden balls’.

Parkinson is giving up his Saturday night talk show after more than four decades.

Guests over the years have included, Muhammad Ali, Orson Wells, Tony Blair, Tom Cruise and Lauren Bacall.

He moved from the BBC to ITV in 2004 after the BBC tried to move his show to make way for Match Of The Day.

Parkinson’s final show will not have any guests but will be a life time retrospective on ITV1.

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