Graham Norton plays down Jonathan Ross replacement rumours
TV host Graham Norton said he has had no discussions about replacing Jonathan Ross when his popular chat series ends.
Norton said he was unsure whether the BBC would run another chat slot on Friday evenings after Ross's decision to leave the corporation when his contract ends.
Norton, who recently renewed his contract with the BBC, had seemed an obvious choice to replace Ross and emerged as an early favourite.
But speaking at the gala premiere of West End show Legally Blonde last night, he said: "I don't think a chat show will go straight in there and he's not on all the year, other things are in that slot anyway, so I guess it's up to the BBC to see what works in that slot."
Asked whether he had been called about replacing Ross, he joked: "I do have a phone and it has rung, yes. But about this? No."
"It's an hour in the schedule and I have no idea what's going to happen. I do a show called The Graham Norton Show, that's what I do, I'm not going to suddenly start doing the Jonathan Ross show, whatever happens."
Ross made the surprise announcement that he was parting from the BBC last week when his contract finishes in the summer. The presenter also hosts a Saturday morning show on Radio 2 and the Film review programme for BBC1.
Norton joked: "There'll be another chat show along in a second, they're like buses."
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
tv Singer could become the most unlikely star of Westeros
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Student jailed for hacking University of Birmingham computers to improve his grades
- 2 Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
- 5 The most powerful passports in the world
MasterChef 2015: Simon Wood named winner
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins
Sherlock series 4: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have to be 'persuaded' to return, says Steven Moffat
London Marathon: Best running songs from Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar to 'Uptown Funk'
Oldest footage of London landmarks released
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election