Sir Michael Parkinson says chat show is DEAD – and it's all because of Twitter

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He says celebs give away so much on Twitter and Instagram there’s nothing left to talk about.

Parky, 83, who was the UK’s “King of Chat” from 1971 to 2007, said: “The problem now is that the mystery and intrigue of fame have disappeared.

“Because of the electronic world we live in they have been replaced by a familiarity that can often mean no matter what question you might pose to your guest, the viewer already knows the answer.”

But he praised Graham Norton for keeping his Friday night show alive with a “clever twist”.

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LEGENDS: (L-R) Sir Michael Parkinson and Graham Norton (Pic: STUART C.WILSON/GETTY IMAGES/MATT CROSSICK/PA WIRE/PA IMAGES)

“Graham has solved the problem by transforming the talk show into a party with everyone, including the audience, invited”

Sir Michael Parkinson

Parky said: “Graham has solved the problem by transforming the talk show into a party with everyone, including the audience, invited.

“It works because of his rare talent for making his guests feel wanted and his ability to convince his guests, often meeting for the first time, that they are lifelong buddies.

“He is not so much a talk-show host as an illusionist.”

He also praised ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday nights as very much “old style”.

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