Sir Michael Parkinson finally offers apology to Meg Ryan for infamous interview
Sir Michael Parkinson's frosty chat with Hollywood star Meg Ryan in 2003 was one of the most toe curling TV interviews of all time.
Parkinson, now 86, was faced with a stone-faced Ryan, who gave one-word answers as she promoted her poorly received erotic thriller The Cut.
The one-time queen of the rom com eventually advised a floundering Parkinson to "wrap it up."
Now, almost 20 years later, the TV host has offered Ryan, now 59, an olive branch and believes that neither of them were on "top form".
While Sir Michael has always claimed the actress was "rude and difficult," he has admitted he did not react in the right way.
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He told the Radio Times: "I wish I hadn’t lost my temper with Meg Ryan. I wish I’d dealt with it in a more courteous manner
"I was obviously angry with her and it’s not my business to be angry towards the guests," he mused
"I came across as kind of pompous and I could have done better."
Asked what he would say to her now, he replied: "I’m sorry. But you must understand that you played a part in it, too. Neither of us were on top form."
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Sir Michael hosted his BBC chat show for nearly two decades in two stints, ending in 2004.
Despite a long and successful career interviewing A-listers and high-profile figures, his Meg Ryan interview has gone down in history as one of his most memorable.
Meg Ryan had allegedly been rude to fashion duo Trinny and Susannah, who were also guests on the show, before her appearance. At the time, she bore the brunt of the criticism.
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It has repeatedly been mentioned in interviews since then. Sir Michael once called Ryan an "unhappy woman" and a "bore", while she called him a "nut."
In 2006 Meg Ryan said: "I felt he was berating me for being naked in the movie.
"He said something like, 'You should go back to doing what you were doing.' I thought, 'Are you like a disapproving dad? Back off, buddy.' I was so offended."
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