Broadcaster and chat show host Michael Parkinson has apologised to Meg Ryan over their infamous 2003 interview for the frosty exchange during an interview with the Hollywood actress.
Speaking to the Radio Times, 86-year-old Parkinson said: “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 quite obviously angry with her and it’s not my business to be angry towards the guests. I came across as kind of pompous and I could have done better.”
Ryan, 56, was on Parkinson show to promoting the thriller ‘In The Cut’ when she was allegedly rude to fellow guests on the show, stylists and presenters Trinny and Susannah.
Asked what he would say to Ryan if he saw her again, Michael said: ‘I’m sorry. But you must understand that you played a part in it, too. Neither of us were on top form, and we were both discomforted.’
Sir Michael’s apology marks a departure from his previous comments on the interview as he once called her “an unhappy woman,” while Ryan branded him a “nut” and said he had spoken to her “like a disapproving dad”.
Parkinson announced his retirement in 2007 after a glittering career as a TV interviewer.