Entertainment & Arts

Art Linkletter dies aged 97

Art Linkletter
Image caption Linkletter also presented TV show Kids Say The Darndest Things

US TV host Art Linkletter, best known for his amusing interviews with children and members of the public, has died at the age of 97.

His variety show, Art Linkletter's House Party, began on radio in 1944 before transferring to TV on CBS in 1952 where it ran until 1969.

Talk show host Larry King said Linkletter was a "terrific talent".

The comic, also known for his prime time TV show People Are Funny, died at his home in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

"He had an unusual voice, a twang to his voice that was immediately recognizable," King added.

"And he looked like your favourite uncle."

Former US First Lady Nancy Reagan said he had been "a good friend for a long, long time".

"Ronnie and I admired him very much," she said in a statement.

"Art was great to be around, always warm and optimistic and he loved people."

Linkletter also interviewed children for a book called Kids Say the Darndest Things which led to a TV series of the same name.

He is survived by Lois, his wife of 75 years and two daughters.