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Norton: I’ll retire before I’m 60

Published 24/06/2015

Graham Norton
Graham Norton

Graham Norton wants to leave his chat show on a high before people get bored.

The Irish chat show host is only 52 years old but he’s already thinking of when he should call it quits. And he admits it will probably be before he hits his milestone 60th birthday.

“I’m not jumping tomorrow but it is in my head. You want to get out when you can still enjoy your life,” he said at the Times+ talk event in London. “You want to get out when people are still watching your show. You don’t want it to be when people say, ‘That is still on, that is still a thing?’”

Graham started out on Channel 4 with his comedy chat show So Graham Norton in 1998. V Graham Norton followed for the network before he moved to the BBC in 2005 and launched The Graham Norton Show in 2007. The series began on BBC Two before taking over the prestigious Friday evening slot from Jonathan Ross in 2010.

“This is the 18th year of me doing a chat show. We’ve been working up to this moment of being on BBC1 on that prime Friday night slot, so we’ve always been inching forward over those 18 years,” he continued. “The thing no one wants is the inching backwards, where you’re kind of going, ‘Yes the cast of TOWIE can come on…’ That’s about retiring when you’re on top.”

Despite thinking about his retirement, the BAFTA-winning host is still passionate about his show. He still has a list of dream guests and is determined to get Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on his sofa before he calls times on the chat show.

“I do love my job. I might really miss it and then I will feel like an absolute fool,” he admitted. “You can’t come back. You could only come back to do I’m a Celebrity... or Celebrity Big Brother or really awful things.”

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