Wednesday 13 December 2017

Best bits from when Fry met Gaybo

Stephen Fry on The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne
Stephen Fry on The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne
Gay Byrne reacts to Stephen Fry on The Meaning of Life

David Kearns

Last night RTE finally aired its interview with Stephen Fry as part of Gay Byrne’s The Meaning of Life series.

And did it not fail to disappoint. Fry might be unhappy with the existence of God but there can be little doubt that RTE are happy that the comedian exists.

Anticipation was high given the 3 million plus hits the preview clip generated following Fry’s denunciation of God as “utterly evil, capricious and monstrous” when asked if he were to exist.

And the 57-year-old was no less eloquent when it came to the rest of Uncle Gaybo’s questions.

From the get-go, Fry was honest in the assessment of his life and did not shy away from its more darker chapters.

Exploring his past life of compulsive stealing, he said: "When I look back on it, it was most odd. I’d rather cut my legs off now than steal anything.”

Later he followed with a tale about his cocaine use and how it "became pudding - a reward for getting through work."

He came to view its use as a kind of self-medication, something he felt could help keep him in control of his bi-polar disorder.

Asked if he was now "chemically balanced", Fry said he believe he was. "I'm on this course... no, eternity... because that's the thing about Bi-polar, there's no cure for it. It is a chronic condition like asthma or diabetes – you have to manage it,” he said.

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Expressing his joy at finding his place in the world when he went to Cambridge, Fry reminisced about meeting his long-term comedic partner and life-long friend Hugh Laurie.

It was falling in love, but a falling in love at a comic level not, I’m glad to say, at a personal level. I was always very grateful I didn’t fancy him,” he laughed

Of course, then there was the God bit...

Uncle Gaybo might not have been too keen on Fry's comments but Twitter seem quite at ease with view that if there is a God then that he's an "utter maniac".

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