Jimmy Tarbuck revealed that he spoke to his pal Des O’Connor 10 days before he died.
Des’ agent confirmed that he died ‘peacefully’ in his sleep on Saturday in hospital, after suffering a fall at his home in Buckinghamshire.
He was surrounded by his family.
Speaking via video link on Monday’s This Morning, Jimmy was joined by Bradley Walsh, as they shared their fond memories of O’Connor.
Jimmy explained that he called O’Connor before his death because he wanted him to perform at the London Palladium ‘one last time’.
‘I spoke to him at home before he’d had the fall,’ Jimmy explained.
‘We’d been on tour and I said: “Let’s give the Palladium one more go” because Palladium is the biggest star than anybody you want to mention.
‘The theatre, they did a thing, the famous wall, you’re lucky if you’re on it and we said yes and he said: “Yes, that excites me”.
‘He was a bit frail and unfortunately it didn’t happen because he wasn’t well.’
Paying a tribute to O’Connor, Jimmy continued: ‘He was our version of an American star.
‘He could turn his hand to most things, when he interviewed you, he was a giggler but he listened and joined in.
‘We’ve done five years now on the road, just the two of us and it’s been to go to work with him. He was very frail at times but he was just great.’
‘We’d walk in and he’d say “Fancy a bourbon?” and I’d say “Yes”, and he’d say “Shall we go and chat to them?” and I’d say “Yes”,’ he added.
‘It was a pleasure to have fun, and it certainly was fun.’
Taking to Twitter after the interview, viewers praised the tribute to the TV legend.
One viewer tweeted: ‘What a lovely tribute to Des from those 3.’
While another commented: ‘Oh my what a lovely interview and tribute to Des O’Connor.’
One added: ‘Albeit a sad moment it was so nice to see the three being interviewed and remembering Des in a humorous way which some times death should be!!’
Tributes have poured in online for the comedian, with his former co-host Melanie Sykes leading the way.
Mel, who co-host the chat show, Today With Des and Mel said O’Connor had the ‘kindest of hearts’.
‘He had talent in every fibre of his being and was stubborn as a mule. He was the full ticket as a friend and colleague. When he chose me to be his co-host on the Today daytime show it was one the greatest days of my professional life,’ she penned in an Instagram post.
‘It was an education and a privilege to work with him for the years that followed. We worked long hours but always laughed lots, not least because when it was showtime he would always tell me I looked like robbers dog! These years I will never forget and nor will I forget him. Darling Des, you will be forever missed. Melanie x.’
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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