Billy Connolly 'struggling to recognise friends' as he battles Parkinson's disease

Esequiel Farfan
Agosto 21, 2018

Psychologist Pamela, 68, branded the broadcaster a "daft old fart" after he claimed that during an "awkward dinner", Sir Billy was unable to recognise his close friends, reports the Mirror.

Billy Connolly has hilariously hit back at recent claims his "brain has dulled" following a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

'We were speaking with his wife Pamela Stephenson only today and she is pretty sure that Billy has no more problem recognising old friends than anyone else of his age who has lived overseas for years'.

Venting on Twitter, she wrote: "Mike Parkinson is a daft old fart - doesn't know what he's talking about".

She added: "Billy's doing great and still amusing as hell".

He said to me: "'How long have we known each other?'"

"We were speaking with his wife Pamela Stephenson only today and she is pretty sure that Billy has no more problem recognising old friends than anyone else of his age who has lived overseas for years".

Parkinson was in NY to present Connolly with an award, and they went for dinner together that evening.

The production company also suggested the awards show that Parkinson had mentioned was likely the GQ Awards 2016.

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"Pamela said that she and daughter Cara were at the dinner and remembers from the night that Billy turned to her and Cara immediately and said 'oh good - there's Parky!'"

On Sunday (NZ Time), Parkinson - affectionately known as "Parky" in the United Kingdom, by those close to him and the wider public - told Saturday Morning with James Martin that Connolly's "wonderful brain has dulled".

'I saw him recently - he's now living in America - and it was very sad, because I was presenting him with a prize at an award ceremony.

'We had an awkward dinner together, because I wasn't quite sure if he knew who I was or not'.

In 1975, although already famous in Scotland, Connolly became a massive star across the United Kingdom when he appeared on BBC's Parkinson show.

Producers on Connolly's upcoming projects also don't understand what sparked Parkinson's concerns as the comic is still very capable and now working on a number of specials.

After joining the chat show Parkinson in 1975, Billy made regular appearance on the show until its end in 2007, as well as a slew of other television and movie roles.

Scottish comedian Sir Billy revealed in 2013 that he was being treated for the initial symptoms of Parkinson's.

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