Jimmy was hit hard by Sean’s death (Picture: Rex)
The 8 out of 10 Cats host, who worked with his fellow comedian a lot over a long period of time, has opened up on how devastated he was after the star died aged 58 last month after a battle with cancer.
Appearing on BBC Breakfast, he said: ‘It hit me very physically. I think the thing about grief is you sort of think you’re gonna just cry and be upset – I got sick.
‘I was really sleeping 14 hours and just knocked out by that. It’s in the book, I talk about losing my mother, and the idea grief being a physical thing…
‘It’s nice to share it though, because a lot of people haven’t been affected but when it comes, knowing that you’re not alone and everyone goes through that.’
Jimmy heaped praise on his co-star and friend, hailing his ‘incredible’ talent and explaining just what made him so special as a writer and performer.
He added: ‘We did, like, 250 TV shows together over 15 years and he was incredible.
‘He made me laugh more than anyone else, and I think it was because – laughs work in this way where you trick people into thinking you’re saying one thing, and then it’s this switch.
‘He had this incredible soft of demeanour, a very sort of bloke-ish bloke, and then he was doing surreal, flight of fancy comedy. He was wonderful.’
Jimmy admitted he misses his friend, but he’s glad to have videos to watch online so he can still enjoy Sean’s comedy genius and keep his memory alive.
‘I really do miss him, but there is that lovely thing where there’s that much footage, there’s that much stuff out there, where you can go back and you do, in sense, live on,’ he said.
‘I do still get to laugh with him and watch it. But yeah, it’s a real loss.’