In a recent year's Christmas issue, the Bookworm columnist—who usually reviews horrible ghostridden celebrity biographies as a Caustic Critic—reviewed Paul O'Grady's and was forced to admit he really liked it—prompting a Note From Ed saying he was fired.
Probably because O'Grady's book was unpretentious and honest. Unlike almost any other celebrity memoir.
Following the death of former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy (who had appeared on Have I Got News for You with editor Ian Hislop 9 times), there was a small tribute in the news pages, reminding readers of the time Charles Kennedy had bought the original copy of a front page that took the piss out of him as a memento, the tribute simply saying "Man with Sense of Humour Dies". Charles Kennedy was known for being extremely good-natured about jokes at his expense, and the tribute was rather sweet by Private Eye standards.