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BBC interviewed The Fonz about London airport expansion
It was a very “happy day” for the reporter in question. Get it?

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BBC’s deputy political editor James Landale was out and about in London doing vox pops for the 6 o’clock news when he stopped Henry Winkler (AKA The Fonz) for an interview. The Happy Days actor is currently in London appearing in a pantomime.

According to Landale, Winkler looked like a promising interviewee so he “lunged forward”, began his spiel, then realised it was The Fonz standing before him:

Instantly I became a gabbling, star-struck idiot, asking if he had a vote here (doh! he’s an American actor), how his pantomime was going and even if he had a view on Heathrow (what was I thinking?)

The interview was slipped in to the 6 o’clock news, where some attentive viewers spotted The Fonz amongst the other punters chatting about Heathrow Airport:

You can watch the full interview on Landale’s BBC blog – he says the meeting wasn’t a set up, but a complete surprise. Given his reaction, we are entirely certain of that.

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