Paul Ritter at a screening of Friday Night Dinner in London, March 2020 / Picture Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment
Paul Ritter at a screening of Friday Night Dinner in London, March 2020 / Picture Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Veteran actor Paul Ritter has passed away aged 54 from a brain tumour, at home with his wife and two sons.

“It is with great sadness we can confirm that Paul Ritter passed away last night,” said his agent. “He died peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side. He was 54 and had been suffering from a brain tumour.

“Paul was an exceptionally talented actor playing an enormous variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skill. He was fiercely intelligent, kind and very funny. We will miss him greatly.”

Known to many as family patriarch Martin in Channel 4 comedy series Friday Night Dinner, the star of the screen and the stage had been known to take on a multitude of unique roles, adapting his performance with perfection dependant on exactly which character he was playing.

His theatre work had seen him nominated in 2006 for an Olivier Award following his performance in Coram Boy, whilst his 2009 starring role in The Norman Conquests earned him a Tony Award nomination.

Ritter had already filmed a 10th anniversary retrospective for Friday Night Dinner, which is expected to air on Channel 4 later this year.

Fans of the series and the star have been taking to social media to remember some of his character’s funniest moments, which of course include his iconic catchphrase, “SH*T ON IT!”, and of course his random obsessions with new hobbies and ideas.

Elsewhere, Piers Morgan’s obsession with Meghan Markle reached new heights, as he agreed to an interview with American host Tucker Carlson and accused the Duchess of Sussex once again of lying about her experiences as part of the Royal Family.

The interview led to some classic social media beef between Morgan and a bunch of other verified account, one of which was the writer of what many have called the greatest TV show of all time, The Wire.

The series’ creator David Simon took no prisoners whilst laying into the disgraced former Good Morning Britain presenter…

Historian Kevin M. Kruse also joined in:

Who can blame them for putting Morgan in his place?

Finally for today’s Celebrity Social Buzz, we saw Netflix drop the trailer for what is undoubtedly their most entertaining reality TV show, The Circle.

Whilst we’re watching the third season of the British entity, we’ve been waiting on the second season of America’s take on the series for some time.

Now, we have both a premiere date and a teaser of what to expect:

Promising new twists that have never been seen before, as well as including Too Hot To Handle's Essex-born celebrity Chloe Veitch and potentially the one and only Lance Bass, it’s going to be a season to remember with famous faces amongst the ‘regular’ competitors!

MORE FROM CELEBRITY SOCIAL BUZZ: Logan Paul turns up on WWE’s Friday Night SmackDown ahead of WrestleMania

With rumours circulating that YouTube personality and boxer Logan Paul would be appearing at this year’s flagship wrestling show, WrestleMania, the controversial figure made an appearance at the weekly WWE event Friday Night SmackDown, confirming he’d be coming to the ‘grandest stage of ‘em all’, despite having some reservations about his ‘friend’ Sami Zayn.

The response to the news was of course, extremely varied. Paul is a personality that many people either love or hate, without any in-between. WWE have done the job right however, in getting people talking about WrestleMania and perhaps bringing in an audience of younger viewers who look up to Paul, who may not have been interested in the sport before…

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