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Graham Norton's concerns over potential axe from BBC: 'It's me or Gary Lineker'

By Sasha Brady

Graham Norton has revealed he's worried about his future at the BBC and claimed that the next person getting the axe could be him or Gary Lineker.

“You assume they pick their targets,” he told the Telegraph. “There was Jonathan Ross, they saw him off; Jeremy Clarkson, Chris Evans… So now they will pick on whoever’s left, which is me and Gary Lineker.

"I hope Gary’s ready; he’s not stupid, he must realise it will be one of us next.”

The Cork-born TV host was referring to the new BBC charter to be issued in January, which has a clause that states the broadcaster must publicly reveal the salaries of all staff earning more than £150,000 (€170,000) a year.

That means well-known faces including Gary Lineker, Graham Norton, Claudia Winkleman, Tess Daly, Fiona Bruce and Chris Evans could be among those having their salaries made public in next year's annual report.

Norton is is predicted to come second to Lineker, taking home a rumoured £1.5 (€1.7) million per year and is worried the British government will be keen to see him cut, in an effort to cut costs.

British culture secretary Karen Bradley argued that revealing salary information of its top earners would ensure the BBC "produces value for money for the licence fee".

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