Bobby Ball appeared in the Christmas special of Not Going Out (Picture: BBC)
Fans of sitcom Not Going Out have praised Bobby Ball in the Christmas special which aired after his death.
The comedian, best known for being one half of comedy duo Cannon & Ball with Tommy Cannon, died aged 76 on October 28 after contracting coronavirus.
On Wednesday night he appeared in the festive episode of Not Going Out as Frank, the mischievous father of Lee, played by Lee Mack.
The episode ended with a tribute to ‘our friend Bobby Ball’.
Viewers felt it was a great tribute to the entertainer in the wake of his death.
Comedian Les Dennis paid tribute on Twitter, writing: ‘Bobby Ball was wonderful in Not Going Out tonight. I did a Would I Lie To You just before he passed. Lee Mack spoke with such affection for him. Miss your huge warmth and talent. #rockontommy’.
The episode ended with a tribute to Ball, who died after contracting coronavirus (Picture: BBC)
‘Sad seeing Bobby Ball knowing he’s just passed away but great seeing him putting a smile on our faces as always in Not Going Out’, one viewer wrote on Twitter.
‘Bobby Ball on fine form as ever. It’s such a loss’ read another comment.
‘So sad watching Bobby Ball on #notgoingout tonight’ one viewer tweeted.
One fan posted: ‘#notgoingout Christmas special very funny! Didn’t stop laughing! @LeeMack brilliant as always. Just sad to think the wonderful Bobby Ball no longer with us.’
A further comment read: ‘Frank has always been one of my fave characters, still really funny and inappropriate Face with tears of joy making me miss Bobby Ball, he is on top form tonight.’
Ball was one half of comedy duo Cannon & Ball with Tommy Cannon (left) (Picture: Getty)
One said: ‘Loved #notgoingout and especially the Bobby Ball tribute. Well deserved. It won’t be the same without him’, while another tweeted: ‘That was really fun, and surprisingly it was incredibly poignant as well. Really sad seeing Bobby Ball there as well, he brought so much heart to this show. Looking forward to the new series next week.’
It wasn’t Ball’s final appearance on the show, as he also filmed the new series which kicks off in January 2021.
Ball played the troublesome Frank, father of Lee Mack’s character Lee (Picture: BBC)
Star Lee paid tribute to his co-star after the news of his death.
He told Metro.co.uk in a statement: ‘I’m utterly shocked and devastated to lose my mate Bobby like this. I filmed with him just a few weeks ago and he was his usual funny and cheeky self.
‘My thoughts are with Yvonne and his family, and of course Tommy.’
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