Eric Idle was in fine form on X/Twitter over the weekend.
The Monty Python star had some dismissive words at John Cleese and Terry Gilliam, co-founders of the comedy troupe, and even tried Netflix.
Idle wrote about his surprise that Monty Python's income had dwindled, complaining that he needs to keep working into his 80s.
“I don’t know why people always assume we’re loaded,” he said. “Python is a disaster. Spam made money 20 years ago. I have to work to earn a living. It's not easy at this age.
He blamed Gilliam and his daughter, Holly, for mismanagement of the Python brand. The latter runs HDG Projects, which manages Python and helped prepare Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Gothe group's 2014 reunion shows in London.
“We own everything we did in Python and I never dreamed that at this age income streams would dwindle so disastrously. But I guess if you put a son of Gilliam as your manager, you won't be so surprised. One Gilliam is bad enough. Two can eliminate any company.
Holly Gilliam has been approached for comment.
Asked by user X if he is still close to Cleese, Idle replied: “I haven’t seen Cleese in seven years.” One fan responded saying it made them sad, to which Idle said: “Why. This makes me happy.”
Idle, which appeared in The masked singer in 2022 also took issue with Netflix after a follower suggested the streaming giant make a documentary about the rise and fall of Python. “Fuck Netflix and fuck documentaries,” Idle responded.
Eric's daughter, Lily, praised her father. “I’m so proud of my dad for finally starting to share the truth,” she wrote. “He has always stood up to bullies and narcissists and absolutely deserves reassurance and validation for doing so.”
Idle admitted he was fine with himself. “I'm fine. I'm engaged and writing. It's what I do and enjoy most. Creating a new show. Something that feels completely normal. I've been doing this since 1963. I've learned a lot. But then I've had some great mentors.”
Idle co-founded Python in 1969 alongside Graham Chapman, Cleese, Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. He is known for roles such as Brave Sir Robin, Not-As-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.