Monday 18 February 2019

`I nearly hit Bowie' confesses Wogan

VETERAN broadcaster Terry Wogan has admitted he came close to hitting rock star David Bowie when the singer appeared as a guest on his BBC TV chat show.

In his new autobiography, the Limerick-born presenter said Bowie was one of the most difficult guests ever and he still shudders when he thinks of him.

The singer is listed among famous personalities interviewed by Wogan in his book, Is It Me? Yesterday the broadcaster said: ``David Bowie, well he probably wasn't at his best when I interviewed him. But I thought a solid slap would have helped the situation.

``I didn't hit him, of course, but it came close. For some reason best known to him he came on the show unwilling to talk.''

Other guests who still give Wogan nightmares almost a decade after his show ended are actresses Anne Bancroft and Raquel Welch, singer Jerry Lee Lewis and actor John Malkovich.

He first met Ms Bancroft, who played the role of the older woman who seduces Dustin Hoffman in the film The Graduate, in the make-up room before the show. He remembers her weeping and shaking, stammering `I don't wanna be here. It's live! I don't do live! I don't do interviews.'

Wogan says he calmed her enough to appear on the show but she was ``catatonic'', answering complex questions in monosyllables. ``My worst-ever TV interview,'' he said.

Celebrities who gave him his proudest moments as interviewer were Lee Marvin, Dolly Parton, Cilla Black and Mel Brooks. The dream `one who got away' guest he wishes he had had: Princess Diana.

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