Graham Norton discusses his plans to retire

Graham Norton Pic: Prime Video

We couldn’t imagine a world without Graham Norton on our screens.

But Graham certainly has!

The Cork man has revealed that he has hopes to retire and has no dreams of working late into his life.

Although he jokes that he knows that 60 “is old”, he has his eyes on the exit door.


Speaking to The Irish Mirror he explained: “I was at an awards show and Bruce [Forsyth] was staggering to the stage to do something and Jimmy Carr turned to me and said, ‘Isn’t that amazing.’ And I went, ‘No! It’s awful.’

“I hope to retire. At 60 it’s one of those things, there’s all sorts of exit ­strategies.”

He explained that while he knows that he will probably still remain in his line of work in some capacity “but just a bit less”.

Graham, of course, has his own chat show on BBC. He is also the host of new Prime Video show – LOL: Last One Laughing as well as being the voice of Eurovision in the UK.

Pic: Prime Video

Last year, he actually presented the Eurovision when it was hosted in Liverpool. However, he admitted that it didn’t live up to his expectations.

Speaking to Ray D’Arcy on RTÉ Radio 1, Graham said: “I didn’t like it. I didn’t like it, no.

“I mean I was glad I did it because it is a bit of a bucket list moment and I have a funny feeling I’ll never get to do it again but yeah, I didn’t love it.

“I prefer sitting in my rabbit hutch,” he told Ray.

Graham Norton

Before adding: “It was lovely!”

Despite not entirely enjoying the experience, there were still, plenty of pinch-me moments for Graham.

“I remember walking out after some Eurovision star was singing You’ll Never Walk Alone and the audience was singing back and that was an amazingly moving moment.”

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