Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam

The web is such a gossip mongering nightmare

Moviemaker Terry Gilliam has laughed off reports his former Monty Python pal Michael Palin has died, suggesting the news was a shock to the comedian/adventurer himself.

The director blames idle Internet users for the "gossip-mongering nightmare", revealing news about the tragedy spread rapidly last week (ends30Oct09) - as Palin and the Pythons were celebrating their 40th anniversary.

Gilliam is trying to make light of the saga, telling FemaleFirst, "It's true, his pet alligator just ate him; it was horrible! "They're all dead; all the Pythons died horribly except me.

"I don't know where that rumour came from that Mike died. The web is such a gossip mongering nightmare. It was actually a very embarrassing moment because Mike thought it was real".

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