Thursday, January 21, 2016

Elton Praises Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly was overcome with emotion as he picked up the Special Recognition gong at the National Television Awards on Wednesday night.

The 73-year-old comedian, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease last year, was welcomed to the stage at London's O2 Arena by Dustin Hoffman, as two of his daughters watched from the audience.

Dustin had flown in from America especially for the occasion, and said he would always admire the comedian, and his close friend.

He said: "I'm delighted to be here tonight to pay tribute to a man whose work I've always admired and whose company I always enjoy. This man has been entertaining the world for 50 years, and that's no accident.

"Audiences return again and again and new generations of admirers come to him because he has the gift of inviting everyone unconditionally into his world and he exposes the truth. He transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.

"My friend is an artist in the truest sense of the world. It has been a great honour to count him as a friend."

A collection of clips of comedians, actors and musicians paying tribute to Billy was then played.

Sir Elton John took the time to honour Billy, saying: "His enduring quality is that he's never lost that spark and he's done other things than being a comedian. he's a great musician, he's done great documentaries.

"Billy you've been a really important part of my life and i can't thank you enough for just being Billy."

- Mirror

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