This Morning: Dermot tells hilarious Elton John Xmas story
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The ITV host was joined by co-presenter Alison Hammond along with broadcaster Gyles Brandreth and columnist Sonia Sodha.Following the news that Sir Elton John will headline next year’s Glastonbury Festival, Dermot was quick to lift the lid on the two legends’ relationship.
Speaking to Alison and the featured guests, Dermot said: “I was interviewing Rod Stewart right.
“And Rod Stewart and Elton used to be very close, so they used to buy each other really lovely sort of birthday presents.”
The superstars have an ongoing love-hate relationship that dates back to when they were neighbours in London back in the seventies.
Dermot continued sharing anecdotes from his interview with the Maggie May singer, who admitted to Dermot that he and Elton would often exchange humorous gifts.
“Let’s not get each other anything silly this year,” Rod told Dermot he had said to Elton.
“So Rod found and bought Elton this really small little fridge for his bedroom,” Dermot continued, holding back laughter.
As Alison, Gyles and Sonia listened with intrigue and amusement, Dermot tried to keep his composure.
He went on to reveal that while Rod had bought a new mini fridge for his pal, Elton had splashed out on a Picasso painting for Rod.
Dermot had barely finished his sentence before the whole studio erupted in fits of laughter, with Alison, Gyles and Sonia looking at Dermot in disbelief.
“Well it’s not how much you spend, it’s the thought that counts,” Alison responded giggling.
The legendary singers have had a public “frenemy” relationship that has seen them pull practical jokes on one another for half a century. The pair even gained the nicknames Sharon (Elton) and Phyllis (Rod) for the camp and catty ways they treat each other.
In an interview with The Sun, Elton once admitted: “We try and publicise the fact that we always have a go at each other in the papers, but in fact we do that for reasons only known to us, really.”
He went on to say: “We’re actually very good friends.”
The Rock-n-Roller’s relationship took an unexpected turn however in 2018 after Rod criticised Elton’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. During an appearance on US talk show Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Rod said the tour “stinks of selling tickets.”
According to The Telegraph, Rod later confessed on Scottish radio the pair “had a spat” due to comments he made of the tour being “money-grabbing.”
While it’s unclear whether the pair are on speaking terms or not, the decades of mischief and friendly competition will no doubt surpass Sharon and Phyllis’ feud.
Sir Elton has just been announced as the Sunday night headliner on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival next year.
The closing set at Worthy Farm in Somerset will be the final UK show of his farewell tour.
The 75-year-old embarked on his final tour in 2018 and will see the Tiny Dancer singer perform in over 300 shows by Summer 2023. The tour and his appearance at Glastonbury will mark an end to more than 50 years of live performances.
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