Michael Palin

Michael Palin

Michael Palin has confirmed Monty Python will disband for good after their reunion shows.

The star claims the beloved comedy troupe's 10 live dates at The O2 arena this July will be the last time the veteran jokers will all perform together.

He told the BBC: "We hadn't exactly decided on the number of dates. We were going to do two, then four, then five, now it will be 10. July 20 will be the last night of the Pythons in the sense that there are absolutely no plans to do any more shows after that. We had to make a decision otherwise everyone expects you to tour America and Australia and all that. Because everybody's very busy with their own different projects, I don't think it will be possible to get all those together."

The reunion, which kicks off on July 1, will see Michael, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Terry Jones take to the stage for the first time since 2009, while Graham Chapman, who passed away in 1989, will be sadly missed.

Michael, 70, explained the 'Life of Brian' funnymen didn't want to commit to international dates because they wanted it the reunion to be short but sweet.

He said: "The general feeling was that we'd rather have the rest of our life doing what we all wanted to do and not spend the years ahead touring Python. There's terrific international interest in Python, particularly in America. So I think they'll be a little bit miffed that we're not going over there. But they get everything. Too bad. They'll have to come here."

The Pythons have also released a new song, 'The Silly Walks Song', their first original material since 1999.