John Cleese fears his former MONTY PYTHON sidekick Graham Chapman died thinking his pals disapproved of his homosexuality.

The funnyman admits he and the other Pythons were "shocked" when Chapman announced he was gay, but they never thought it was a bad thing.

Cleese recalls, "Graham came back from some holiday, having met a splendid Swedish gay with a great name, STIG... but Graham always got it wrong. He sort of thought we were disapproving.

"We were astonished. Graham played rugby football and went mountaineering and, like all medical students, drank a great deal of beer. This is not the archetypal gay."

15/06/2004 17:14