Sir Michael Parkinson brands The Jonathan Ross Show as 'daft'

Sir Michael Parkinson

Sir Michael Parkinson

Sir Michael Parkinson has branded 'The Jonathan Ross Show' "daft" saying he is sad viewers can no longer watch in-depth interviews on television.

Sir Michael Parkinson has branded 'The Jonathan Ross Show' "daft".

The veteran broadcaster expressed his sadness about the death of in-depth interviews on talk shows, describing 'The Jonathan Ross Show' as silly for its playful chats.

Speaking about the programme, he said: "[It is] an event thing with everybody having a good time and being daft."

While the 79-year-old journalist - who presented 'Parkinson' until 2007 - praised Graham Norton for his talk show, he berated Piers Morgan who "has always been a good interviewer" but whose programme has an awful television format.

However, he said no shows have recaptured a classic format because the public are no longer interested in serious interviews and programme-makers are "bureaucrats".

He continued: "I'm sure there are some young eager beavers out there, men and women, who would do a very classic talk show, an interview programme, but nobody seems very interested.

"I was very lucky that when I was there it was run by programme makers... They were either very good journalists or very good at showbusiness. They weren't bureaucrats. Now it seems to me there are more bureaucrats than anything else. It shows in the broadcasting."

Despite mourning the lack of classic methods of interviewing, Michael stated he has no wish to return to the small screen.

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "Not that I'm volunteering - I've done my stint."


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