Following comments made by his old friend Michael Parkinson, legendary Scotsman Billy Connolly has cleared a few things up.
Parkinson recently said the comic’s “wonderful brain has dulled” due to Parkinson’s disease. He recalled a “sad and awkward” moment they shared.
“I saw him [Billy] recently – he’s now living in America – and it was very sad, because I was presenting him with a prize at an award ceremony,” Parky said. “We had an awkward dinner together, because I wasn’t quite sure if he knew who I was or not.”
Connolly revealed in 2013 that he was battling Parkinson’s Disease as well as undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.
Now, according to The Mirror, Connolly and his wife Pamela Stephenson have branded Parkinson a “daft old fart”.
Defending himself, The Big Yin said: “I would recognise Parky if he was standing behind me – in a diving suit”.
Pamela has also insisted her husband is “doing great”, adding: “Mike Parkinson is a daft old fart – doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Billy’s doing great and still funny as hell.”
Her comments have also been backed up by Indigo Television, who’ve collaborated with Connolly on several documentaries, the most recent of which sees him journeying through Scotland.
“We have been busy filming with Billy over the summer and can report happily that he’s on top form – as sharp and hilarious as ever,” they stated.
“We were speaking with his wife Pamela only today and she is pretty sure that Billy has no more problem recognising old friends than anyone else of his age who has lived abroad for years.”
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