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Gyles Brandreth says he blames himself for Rod Hull’s death | Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth has said he blames himself for the death of Rod Hull, the artist who fell while trying to adjust the television aerial on the roof of his house.

Hull, 63, famous for his antics with his puppet Emu, fell from a ladder outside his bungalow in Winchelsea, East Sussex, in 1999.

He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. A coroner later returned a verdict of accidental death.

Speaking to John Cleese on the latest episode of his Rosebud podcast, Brandreth said: “I killed a man. “It was Rod Hull, the emu man.”

This Morning presenter and former GMB presenter Brandreth, 76, revealed Hull had been complaining to him about his lousy TV connection and “encouraged” him to “get a ladder” and climb to the roof.

Brandreth said he felt responsible for his friend’s death after he followed his advice while watching a Champions League match between Manchester United and Inter Milan at half-time.

He explained how he had been at the theater with Hull on the day of his death, a day he said was hit by “terrible, terrible weather”.

Brandreth added: “He was sitting next to me and he was complaining throughout the show, he almost interrupted the show, saying he wanted to get home because he wanted to watch the football, but his Sky antenna wasn’t there.” t transmitting correctly.

“And I said, ‘Don’t complain about it, if you want to watch TV, get out a ladder, get on the roof and fix it, Rod.’

“And after the show, in this stormy weather, he went home, got out a ladder, climbed up on the ladder and tried to fix the antenna.

“Unfortunately, the wind was very strong and he fell backwards off the ladder and committed suicide. So I wasn’t actually there, but I cheered him on.”

Rod Hull was born on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent and moved to Australia before returning to Britain to work in television.

He became a national institution in collaboration with Emu, the wayward puppet he discovered in a prop room in Australia in 1969.

When Emu met the Queen Mother at the Royal Variety Show in 1972, he ate her bouquet and, on another occasion, Emu knocked talk show host Michael Parkinson to the ground.