Graham Norton: I will quit my chat show ‘before TOWIE stars appear’

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TV host Graham Norton has pledged to quit his chat show before he is 60, to leave on a high and avoid having to interview cast members of The Only Way Is Essex.

Speaking at a Times+ event in London, the out host – whose Graham Norton Show is the BBC’s flagship Friday night chat show –  said he would rather go out on a high.

He said: “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?’

“This is the 18th year of me doing a chat show. We’ve been working up to this moment of being on BBC One on that prime Friday night slot, so we’ve always been inching forward in those 18 years.

“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.”

The 52-year-old  added: “I’m not jumping tomorrow, but it is in my head. You want to get out when you can still enjoy your life.

“You want to get out of work when you have still got time to enjoy your life.

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