Never been a big fan of his but he went up slightly in my estimation when I went to see one of the last ISIHAC with Humphrey Lyttelton, where he was one of the panellists.
As they were about to record the first prog. a young couple came in late and as they made their way to their seats (right down the front, unfortunately for them) Jeremy spotted them and on approaching the front of the stage he leaned forward to them and said:-
Jeremy "Where are you from?"
They replied whatever............
Jeremy "How far is that out of the town?"
They replied something like 5 miles, or it may have been 10 minutes.............
Jeremy "Well I've come up from London for this and I managed to get here on f**king time!!"
Much to the delight of the rest of the audience.
RIP Mr Hardy