Veteran British broadcaster David Frost, best known for his series of interviews with disgraced U.S. President Richard Nixon, has died. He was 74.
“My heart goes out to David Frost’s family,” British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted Sunday morning. “He could be — and certainly was with me — both a friend and a fearsome interviewer.”
Frost’s interviews with Nixon, and the story behind them, were portrayed in the play and film “Frost/Nixon,” written by Peter Morgan.
Nixon at one point let down his guard, telling Frost, “I’m saying when the president does it, that means it’s not illegal.” For many viewers, that moment cemented Nixon’s infamy.
More than 30 years later, Frost remembered Nixon as a surprisingly awkward figure who, while once discussing what they’d done the previous evening, asked the host, “Did you do any fornicating?”
“It was amazing to discover how … hopeless he was at small talk,” Frost told CNN. “I mean, here was this incredible professional politician, a great pro. And he’d never learned small talk.”