Belfast Telegraph

Norton: I won't be retiring yet

Graham Norton has revealed he would keep fronting The Graham Norton Show until it gets the chop.

The chat show has been airing for over seven years since February 2007, having moved from its original home on BBC Two to a prime-time slot on BBC One.

The talk show host told Digital Spy: "Well, it all depends when the BBC kick me off! If they kick me off next year, then yes, I'll keep going until then."

The 51-year-old continued: "It's one of those weird things - I don't know. I always said I'd retire at 50, but now I'm 51 and I'm still doing it and we're doing it for the future, I guess. And I'm still enjoying it. It's not like a chore.

"It's not like this awful thing that I've got to force myself to do - I like doing it, I like going to work. So hopefully I will start to hate it before the public start to hate it, and so I'll step away just before people are going, 'F*** off!'."

Graham, who hosted the Bafta TV Awards, suggested that the continual changes are behind the show's success, explaining: "I've got older, we've moved channels, we've changed the format, so there's always something else going on with it. You never know - we could be cancelled tomorrow and there'll be no explanation for its longevity because it's over!"

The Irish presenter also heaped praise on fellow host Michael McIntyre, whose own show has been renewed for a second series by the BBC.

"He's very good at it and he's very comfortable in his own skin," he said. "And you watch him... he's at home, doing that show. I think he's done a great job, particularly for a first series."


From Belfast Telegraph