As the 40th Anniversary of Monty Python's "Dead Parrot Sketch" approaches, it has been exclusively revealed to 'The Spoof' that the dead parrot in said sketch wasn't actually dead.
Mr Praline, played by a young George Galloway returns to the shop owner of 'The Pet Shop', played by Boris Johnson, to express concerns that his Norwegian Blue parrot, a native of Norwegia might be dead, ceased to be or even an ex-parrot.
The shopkeeper, having expressed reservations as to the deadness of the parrot, suggested that it was in fact resting at that particular moment.
However Mr Praline was most insistent that it was in fact completely dead.
40 years on from that momentous occasion in television and avian history, Mr Praline has today gone on public record to state his apology and concede that the parrot wasn't in fact dead after all.
He said: "It was just extremely drunk and my alter ego Mr Praline was attempting to simply gain a refund back on his purchase having realised too late that 'A parrot is for life and not just for Christmas'.
"I must at this late stage apologise to the pet shop boy, viewers and concerned members of the British Ornithological Society for this unprecedented state of affairs. I didn't mean any harm and certainly had no criminal intent towards the pet shop boy."