Or why it’s sometimes best just to keep your gob shut and let the police get on with their job because you never can really know what your showbiz ‘friend’ of many years is really like and it ain’t a lorra lorra laughs when it turns out you’re wrong.
Prince Charles: “The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are saddened to hear of Jimmy Savile’s death and their thoughts are with his family at this time.”
Catholic Herald: “I love that remark to a Broadmoor patient: “what do you want to go round strangling crumpet for?”; there’s a touch of genius in that — also a reflection of the invulnerability of the truly innocent man, so much and so obviously on the side of everyone he talked to that he could only stay safe in any company.”
Ricky Gervais: ‘RIP Jimmy Saville My first guest on my first TV Show A proper British eccentric.’
Radio presenter Nicky Campbell: ‘Sir Jimmy Savile – a man so unique,a character so extraordinary, a personality so fascinating yet impenetrable. You could not have made him up.’
DJ Tony Blackburn: ‘He was a one-off – that’s the way he’ll be remembered, really – but in particular all that money he raised for charity.’
Stuart Hall, broadcaster: ‘He had lots of imitators, the one and only Jimmy Savile.’
Radio presenter David Hamilton: ‘I remember him as just a totally flamboyant, over the top, larger than life character and as he was on the air, he was just the same off.’
Lord Alan Sugar: Sad news on the death of Jimmy Savile very funny man and did loads of work for charity RIP.’
Katherine Jenkins: ‘Sad news Jimmy Saville has passed away.My sis & I always wanted a Jim’ll Fix it Badge/Medal. Loved that show.Great memories #RIPJimmySaville.’
Carol Vorderman: ‘RIP Jimmy Saville …. Leeds has lost a much loved son … and we have lost a ray of sunshine …. #happymemories x
Mark Thompson, BBC director general:
“I am very sad to hear of Sir Jimmy Savile’s death,” said Mr Thompson.
“From Top of the Pops to Jim’ll Fix It, Jimmy’s unique style entertained generations of BBC audiences. Like millions of viewers and listeners we shall miss him greatly.”
Jeremy Hunt, Culture Secretary: “Sir Jimmy Savile was one of broadcasting’s most unique and colourful characters,” said Mr Hunt.
“From Top of the Pops to making children’s dreams come true on Jim’ll Fix It, a generation of people will remember his catchphrases and sense of fun.
“But his lasting legacy will be the millions he raised for charity, tirelessly giving up his time and energy to help those causes he was passionate about.”
Dave Lee Travis, radio presenter: Sir Jimmy could talk to anybody and “genuinely enjoyed” seeing the joy on the faces of the children on Jim’ll Fix It.
But he was also a private man, he told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme. “Deep down inside him there was a guy which was very hard to get to.
“I’ve known Jimmy Savile for over 50 years, that’s a hell of a long period to know somebody, and I’ve never had an absolutely in-depth straight conversation with him because he’s constantly got a sort of invisible shield up.
“He likes to keep his distance from everybody, even friends. He’ll joke his way out of something if he doesn’t want to answer you… I think probably enigma is a good word for it.”
Charles Kennedy MP,The former Liberal Democrat leader: Sir Jimmy was “a true and long-standing friend to the West Highlands over decades of diligence and decency”.
“When not resident at his home in Glencoe, he made it available for mountain rescue use,” he said.
“It was typical of the man that he never drew attention to such characteristic generosity. A sad loss indeed.”