Michael Parkinson slams modern chat shows
Sir Michael Parkinson has hit out at modern chat shows, claiming they feature too much comedy
Sir Michael Parkinson has hit out at chat shows, claiming they feature too much comedy.
The veteran presenter - who is coming out of retirement to host a new programme for Sky Arts - thinks personalities such as Jonathan Ross, Graham Norton and Alan Carr are more interested in making audiences laugh than conducting in-depth interviews.
He said: "If you look across the board, there isn't one talk show -- apart from Piers Morgan -- that is interview based.
"What they are based on is comedy. There is nothing wrong with that, it is just the way it is now. But there isn't one show like I used to do which is based on an interview.
"But now it has changed -- there is a group of people all doing the same kind of show but they are comedy shows. The kind of show I did is no longer there."
The 76-year-old star also slammed TV talent shows for giving young people the idea that it is easy to become famous and doesn't require a lot of special ability any more.
He added in an interview with The Sun newspaper: "There is a tendency nowadays, if you look at a lot of talent shows, to put the proposition to young people that it is very easy to be famous.
"All you have to do is go on some talent show and that is it. If you succeed, great, but if you don't, you are rubbish.
"There is a danger with the growth of these talent shows and other programmes that they are an easy route to fame. A lot of young people are tempted by that. But it tells a lie about what real talent is."