Sir David Frost, a legendary British television presenter and journalist, passed away this weekend at the age of 74. Frost hosted an interview program on the BBC before joining Al Jazeera English in 2006 with Frost Over the World, interviewing everyone from George H.W. Bush and Tony Blair to Bill Gates and Michael Caine. Frost is also known for his comedy work on shows like That Was The Week That Was and The Frost Report, the latter of which he collaborated on with men who would make up five-sixths of Monty Python.
But Frost is perhaps best-known for his legendary interview with President Richard Nixon, the first and only venue in which Nixon addressed the Watergate scandal following his resignation from the office of the presidency.
The lengthy interview aired in four parts over the month of May 1977, featuring Frost asking very probing questions of Nixon on Watergate and other big issues of his presidency. The interview is particularly notable for Nixon’s infamous quote: “When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” The drama behind the interview was eventually adapted for the stage play (and later, a movie) Frost/Nixon.
Watch an excerpt of the Nixon interview on Watergate here:
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