Sir Paul McCartney has appeared on UK television’s Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday opening up on John Lennon’s death December 8 in 1980 (34 years ago today and giving his thoughts on shooter Mark Chapman.

‘Sir McCartney said. “The phrase kept coming into my head ‘the jerk of all jerks.’ It was just like, ‘This is just a jerk, this is not even a guy politically motivated, it’s just some total random thing.'”

McCartney said, ‘I just for days couldn’t think that he was gone … it was just a huge shock,’ about John Lennon’s death. “I was at home and got a phone call. It was early in the morning … it was just so horrific, you couldn’t take it in and I couldn’t take it in.

Lennon and McCartney didn’t speak to each other for four years after the Beatles split up in 1970. Sir Paul said things “got really crappy over business” in their partnership. The fighting got “boring” and they ended up bonding again over “normal stuff.”

He added he felt “very lucky” to have repaired the relationship.

John Lennon was shot dead on December 8, 1980, outside his Dakota apartment building. Chapman was sentenced for 20 years to life in jail where he remains today.

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