Nation's favourite and loved-by-all funnyman, Ronnie Corbett, has chosen today to reveal a long-kept secret that close friends thought that he'd never share. In his forthcoming memoir, Big Tales From The Wee Man, Ronnie reveals that he is in fact a whopping six feet six inches tall and not the four foot eleven that he's always had us believe.
Speaking from BBC TV Centre and sitting in his old chair, made famous in the iconic hit show The Two Ronnies, he said, "It's a lie that I've been living all this time and I can no longer carry on with. I have been concealing my true height from my fans all of my career but it's time to come clean. And now that I have, in this my new book, Big Tales From The Wee Man, it's as if I can finally relax and know that from here on in I'm being completely truthful to everybody."
When asked how he managed to prolong the illusion of being tiny for so long, the now no longer diminutive comic continued, "It's all done by a clever arrangement of almost invisible mirrors that I have specially sewn into my suits. They make me look at least a foot and a half shorter when lit professionally with stage lighting, and as long as nobody recognises me outside in the street, and they never do because I always remove my trademark thick-rimmed glasses, then it's always something I have managed to keep a secret."
Scouse comedian and longtime friend of Ron, Jimmy Tarbuck, commented, "Oh yeah, it was well known in the business that Ron was a big big man in every sense of the word. I welcome him having come out with his secret at this time and I hope it paves the way for other short celebrities like Barbara Windsor and Ant & Dec to do the same."