Graham Norton reacts to guests not inviting him out after show ‘Hello, I was there too!’

Graham Norton reacts to guests not inviting him out after show ‘Hello, I was there too!’


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Graham Norton, 58, has interviewed a string of famous faces on his self-titled award-winning show, which started on the BBC in 2007. But despite his friendly chats with the stars on the famous sofa, he has revealed none have asked him to go out after filming.

The presenter has labelled himself “the help”, who he claims A-listers would never consider inviting out for a drink afterwards.

Asked if any of his guests have become friends, he revealed: “If I say ‘not really’, it sounds like I hate them or they hate me.

“I don’t think that’s the thing. I just think the way that I look at it is I’m the help.”

He went on to tell the Daily Star: “The people on the couch – they’re the party – and I’m really just there serving canapés and drinks. So it would never cross their mind to become friends with me.”

Graham went on to say that his co-stars often go out together after filming the episode on a Thursday night.

He added: “We do the show and then after, on the Friday morning, I will see a picture in the paper of all the guests leaving a restaurant because they’ve all had dinner together and I’m like, ‘Hello. I was there too’.”

The presenter added it was “interesting” that it hadn’t crossed his guests’ minds to invite him out, but said he didn’t want to go anyway.

The Virgin Radio presenter has previously discussed which sort of guests he isn’t a fan of on the show.

While he didn’t reveal names, he said: “It happens quite often where people are like, ‘Normally this show is so fun’.

“And I was like, ‘Yeah, but you’re here. You carry this with you. You kill every room you enter’.”

The presenter went on to admit that he liked to book comedians on the show, to lighten the mood if there’s a not so entertaining guest on the line-up.

“That is the joy, because if I’m getting nothing, if that is a bloodless stone, then you turn to someone else, or I might be lucky to have a comic at the end,” he continued on SiriusXM.

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Graham said he likes to see what could make a “taciturn actor who’s not very good at telling their stories” laugh, adding it can often be entertaining.

The host rose to fame as a stand-up comedian and actor, appearing in three episodes of Father Ted.

He first fronted a chat show in the 1990s when he stood in for Jack Docherty on Channel 5.

Graham was later offered his own show on Channel 4 in 1998.

Seven years later, he moved to the BBC and started The Graham Norton Show two years later.

In November 2020, he announced he’d be leaving his show on BBC Radio 2 to join Virgin Radio UK.

In the latest list of the BBC’s top paid talent, the host came in third place with an annual salary of £725,000 – £729,999.

Gary Lineker currently tops the list, with Zoe Ball in second place.

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