Viewers moved to tears over Channel Nine’s Bert Newton special

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‘It feels like we knew him’: Viewers moved to tears over Channel Nine’s Bert Newton tribute special – after the TV legend’s death at age 83


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Just one day after the TV icon’s death, Channel Nine treated viewers to a trip down memory lane with the special, Bert Newton: Let Me Entertain You. 

The TV event covered Bert’s ‘magnificent life and unparalleled contribution to Australian showbusiness’ after he died at age 83 on Saturday. 

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Some viewers watching at home were moved to tears by the special, with many sharing their thoughts on Twitter. 

Memory lane: Just one day after the TV icon's death, Channel Nine treated viewers to a trip down memory lane with the special, Bert Newton: Let Me Entertain You. Bert is pictured

Memory lane: Just one day after the TV icon’s death, Channel Nine treated viewers to a trip down memory lane with the special, Bert Newton: Let Me Entertain You. Bert is pictured 

One wrote: ‘Please bring re runs back on #ninenow. Incredible, shedding tears for someone I’ve never met yet felt like I knew him. #RIPBert’. 

Another Tweeted: ‘I’ve probably seen most of these #BertNewton skits but I’m laughing as if it’s all new’. 

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Someone else added: ‘Thankyou @Channel9 for putting on this #BertNewton special. So many wonderful memories of him and of my childhood watching him in all the various shows.’ 

Looking back: The TV event covered Bert's 'magnificent life and unparalleled contribution to Australian showbusiness' after he died at age 83 on Saturday

Looking back: The TV event covered Bert’s ‘magnificent life and unparalleled contribution to Australian showbusiness’ after he died at age 83 on Saturday

Those were the days: Bert is pictured with Graham Norton

Those were the days: Bert is pictured with Graham Norton 

What an entertainer: Bert is pictured performing with Don Lane

What an entertainer: Bert is pictured performing with Don Lane 

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Another chimed in: ‘I’m really so sad about Bert Newton. Watching this special reminds me how comforting his TV presence was. 

‘I feel quite emotional and feel for what his family are going through right now. You can just tell those grandbabies are going to miss their Pa so much.’

One more said: ‘Watching this tribute special on Nine — the home of live variety — really reminds me how natural and generous he was. 

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Moved: Some viewers watching at home were moved to tears by the special, with many sharing their thoughts on Twitter

Moved: Some viewers watching at home were moved to tears by the special, with many sharing their thoughts on Twitter

‘Bert Newton was born for television. It was a mutual love and respect between him and the camera. A star. Poorer for his loss, richer for his legacy.’

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Yet another added: ‘The #BertNewton special on Ch9 is a scream. One of a kind,’ while someone else said: ‘Brilliant tribute to #BertNewton’. 

Journalist Melissa Hoyer also chimed in, writing: ‘Lovin’ the tribute to #BertNewton’. 

Final photo: TV legend Bert died on Saturday night. On October 24, Patti posted a photo of a beaming Newton recovering in his hospital bed while surrounded by five of his grandchildren

Final photo: TV legend Bert died on Saturday night. On October 24, Patti posted a photo of a beaming Newton recovering in his hospital bed while surrounded by five of his grandchildren

TV legend Bert died on Saturday night, after a stunning career that beamed him into the living rooms of Australians for more than 70 years. 

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He had been receiving palliative care at a clinic in Melbourne at the time of his death, following a long health battle that led to one of his legs being amputated in May. 

The TV personality is survived by his wife Patti, 76, daughter Lauren, 40, son Matthew, 40, and six grandchildren. 

His life will be celebrated in an upcoming state funeral in Melbourne.  

Family: The TV personality is survived by his wife Patti, his two kids, and six grandchildren. Bert's daughter Lauren Newton has six children: Sam, 11, Eva, nine, Lola, six, Monty, two, Perla, 19 months, and newborn son, Alby. All pictured but for son Matthew

Family: The TV personality is survived by his wife Patti, his two kids, and six grandchildren. Bert’s daughter Lauren Newton has six children: Sam, 11, Eva, nine, Lola, six, Monty, two, Perla, 19 months, and newborn son, Alby. All pictured but for son Matthew 

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