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3of this week’s biggest entertainment stories

Written by Darius Rubics

1. We said goodbye to Barry Chuckle

Last weekend we had the sad news that Barry Chuckle, the older half of comedy duo the Chuckle Brothers, had died at the age of 73.

Fans, friends and family members paid tribute to the entertainer, who starred in such TV shows as Chucklevision and Chuckle Time with his brother Paul.

Rapper Tinchy Stryder was among those to pay homage, remembering the comic with whom he recorded a charity single in 2014 as a “super cool, talented, humble legend.”

Paul Chuckle described losing his brother as “the worst feeling ever” but vowed to carry on performing because “I know Barry would want me to.”

2. Kathleen Turner got Hollywood guessing

Body Heat star Kathleen Turner was the talk of Hollywood after giving a candid interview about her career, the film industry and some of her former co-stars.

Burt Reynolds, Nicolas Cage and the cast of Friends were just a few of the people she had issues with – although she reserved much of her disdain for Donald Trump’s “gross” handshake.

For many, though, the big question was who she was talking about when she accused an unnamed female star of “playing the same role for 20 years”.

We came up with our own list of likely candidates.

3. Radio 4’s Eddie Mair bowed out gracefully

The announcement that presenter Eddie Mair was to leave the BBC after more than 30 years made headlines last month.

Yet the 52-year-old managed to take his leave without any fanfare, quietly bowing out after Wednesday’s edition of Radio 4’s PM with “no fuss or faff”.

Without mentioning it was his last show, the softly-spoken Scot ended his tenure by playing Willy Nelson’s version of Bring Me Sunshine.

He won’t be off the airwaves for long though – he’s due to start presenting on LBC next month.

 

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