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In a surprise announcement on Newsnight, comedian Meredith Spatchcock has revealed that she will no longer be performing as provocative alter-ego ‘Katie Hopkins’. The persona was first launched in 2006, and Meredith Spatchcock claims that it was intended as a satirical response to the reality television boom at the time. Under the guise of “Katie Hopkins”, the comedian reached the final of BBC’s The Apprentice but withdrew, citing personal reasons. http://newsthump.com/2014/11/12/comedian-to-retire-controversial-katie-hopkins-character/
Eric Sykes, one of Britain's best-loved comedy actors and writers, has died at the age of 89, his manager has said. "Eric Sykes, 89, star of TV, stage and films, died peacefully this morning after a short illness," said Norma Farnes. "His family were with him." Sykes found fame in a series of TV sitcoms from the 1950s, including Sykes And A... alongside Hattie Jacques. Sir Bruce Forsyth paid tribute to the star, calling him "one of the greats of comedy in this country". "He was universally loved here," the entertainer continued. "He was just one of the funniest men ever." Comedian Stephen Fry wrote on Twitter: "Oh no! Eric Sykes gone? An adorable, brilliant, modest, hilarious, innovative and irreplaceable comic master. Farewell, dear, dear man." League of Gentlemen star Mark Gatiss said: "The wonderful Eric Sykes has left us. A giant of comedy and a gentleman - funny to his very core. RIP." Comic Robin Ince paid tribute to "the last link to many of the most important early post war comedians" and "a great entertainer". More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18704263