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Stephen Nolan jokes BBC can't axe TV show because it's too popular: 'It's your top programme, shove that up your...'

Stephen Nolan has joked the BBC is "praying" viewers will not watch his upcoming Nolan Live shows because they wanted to axe the television programme.

Nolan Live is back on BBC One Northern Ireland from Wednesday September 26 and tickets are currently on sale.

However, Nolan, speaking at the end of his Radio Ulster show on Monday, joked with sidekick Vinny Hurrell after he told listeners tickets were on sale that the BBC "hates" the show.

He said: "If the BBC does not axe it in between....they will be on their knees praying 'please don't watch that programme says BBC. Please don't watch it, we don't like it'.

"And I go to them and I say 'it's your top programme, shove that up your jacksie'."

The BBC declined to comment.

Nolan Live is a debate show with a studio audience which sees guests debating current issues.

Nolan is among one of the top earners at the BBC, earning a salary of at least £409,999.

He is also one of the hardest working at the corporation, hosting 360 radio shows and 20 television programmes a year.

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