Tonight, the Parkinson show had George Michael as a guest. What did I think of the show? Well, it’s something I’ve been thinking for a while, but this pretty much confirmed it. I’m sorry to say that “Parky” has lost it. His interview questions totally precluded George from being entertaining. Topics that Parky covered with George included:
- George being so unhappy all the time
- George suffering from depression
- George constantly getting arrested
- George being self-destructive
- George finding it difficult being gay
- George’s addiction to prescription drugs since his Mother died
- George having such a bad time that he might have to leave the country
- George being an insomniac and not being able to sleep for days
- George contemplating suicide because he was so unhappy
- George better get used to the treatment he gets from the media, cos that’s how life is
Way to go! That makes for an entertaining interview. Never mind Joan Rivers, Stephen Fry and George Michael all contemplating topping themselves (yes, for real Parkinson actually thought, “Oh, my guests all have something in common tonight – they’ve all thought about killing themselves – that will be nice for us to discuss”); I bet half the audience wanted to throw themselves under a train after watching the show tonight.
There’s so much positive stuff they could have covered. Kudos to Joan Rivers for still being able to be funny in the face of deeply personal questioning about her husband’s suicide; although you could see the subject upset her. It’s like Parky has George in a box marked “Suicidal Depressive”. George looked a bit confused at times because Parky was banging on about the depressive stuff so much…
Parky: Come on George. What is the problem? What’s the matter with you? Why are you so unhappy?
George: Errrrrrrrrrrrr… but I’m fine!
Parky: Come George. You’re so unhappy. I bet you want to kill yourself. What is the matter? You can tell Parky..
Oh well… it’s a pity. Parky has forgotten what entertainment is, I think.
The only funny bit in George’s interview was: George said he might have to move out of the UK; and the GM fans in the audience screamed, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!” as though their lives depended on George living in Highgate!
Bottom line: George should patch up his differences with Jonathan Ross, and go on that show instead. Jonathan’s shows are a riot of entertainment. Yesterday, Ross’s guests were: Eddie Izzard, Janice Dickinson, John Barrowman and Andrew Lloyd Webber. He even managed to get Lloyd Webber to come out of his shell, and make some really filthy jokes. The whole show was hilarious; a huge contrast to Parksinson these days…