Viewers were reduced to tears during a poignant tribute to former host Terry Wogan on tonight’s Children In Need .
Graham Norton and Joanna Lumley led the emotional tribute to the beloved star, who died in January 2016 after a battle with cancer.
“We’ll never forget that one man above all other made Children In Need what it is today – the late, great Sir Terry Wogan ,” Graham told the audience ahead of presenting the Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year Award.
Recalling a time when she actually presented the annual fundraiser with the star, Joanna added: “He was just the best friend, he was the funniest man, he was the kindest man and he adored Children In Need… I loved him.”
Meanwhile, fans of the late Sir Terry flooded Twitter with their own tributes, with many admitting they were in tears.
“[Children In Need] will never EVER be the same without Terry Wogan. Sleep tight,” wrote one, while another posted a Spongebob Square Pants crying gif, with the caption, “When you turn Children in Need on and it’s the Sir Terry Wogan tribute….”
Before his sad passing, Sir Terry spoke of his own death in his final interview, saying he was looking forward to being reunited with many of his “dearest friends”.
The previous September he told fellow Irish radio host Ryan Tubridy he had lost so many pals in recent years that he’d become “Terry no-mates”.
He said: “They all seemed to fall off the perch at the same time and far too young.
“I suppose it’s only a matter of time before I join them, it’ll be nice to see them all again.
“I’m not lonely but the fact is I’m Terry no-mates now because I’ve lost so many of my dearest friends over the last seven years.
“At one period of two or three years I seemed to be standing up in a church pulpit and extolling the virtues of a friend who’d passed on.
“It doesn’t depress you because it’s life. Death is inevitable, along with taxes. But still you’d think ‘Oh God, I haven’t got a pal left in the world.’”
Ryan said: “It’s kind of bleak isn’t it? I can’t bear it.”
But Sir Terry laughed: “Don’t start with me Ryan, we’ll both be in tears.”
In the interview, Sir Terry also spoke of the secrets of his success.
He said: “I haven’t the capacity to take pains. I learned hundreds of years ago I work best when I’m making it up as I go along.
“I’d open up the microphone without a thought in my head and say the first thing that came into it.”
He also told how he dined with the Queen .
“I said to her, ‘Ma’am, you’re eating nothing,’ and she said, ‘Not like you on the radio’.
“Obviously she listened and we were always feeding our faces,” he said.