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Dame Esther Rantzen criticises the honours committee for not knighting Nicholas Parsons

Dame Esther Rantzen has criticised the honours committee for not making Nicholas Parsons a knight before he died.

The veteran broadcaster, who hosted Just A Minute for 52 years, was awarded a CBE for his charitable work in 2013. He said at the time that he was "flattered and delighted" with the honour.

Nicholas Parsons with his Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal in 2014 Credit: PA

Dame Esther, 79, told Good Morning Britain: "Why was Nicholas Parsons not knighted? And not to be a misogynist, what about Victoria Wood? She should have been a Dame. So, I think the honours committee don't laugh."

Dame Esther Rantzen says Nicholas Parsons should have been knighted Credit: PA

Parsons fronted Radio 4 show Just A Minute since its inception in 1967 and only missed two recordings of the programme. He was hailed as a "broadcasting giant" following the announcement of his death.

Read more tributes to Nicholas Parsons here

Piers Morgan also criticised the lack of a knighthood, saying: "How could you not give a knighthood to a man" who "made us laugh" for so many years?

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A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said they do not comment on individuals who have not received honours.