Graham Norton opens up about potential axe from the BBC

Graham Norton

Graham Norton has revealed that he is worried about his position at the BBC.

The Cork-native has claimed that bosses are keen to see him axed, either him or Match of the Day host, Gary Lineker.

“You assume they pick their targets,” he told the Telegraph.

“There was Jonathan Ross, they saw him off; Jeremy Clarkson, Chris Evans… So now they will pick on whoever’s left, which is me and Gary Lineker.

The conversation was referring to the new BBC charter to be issued in January, which has a clause that states broadcasters must publicly reveal the salaries of all staff earning more than £150,000 a year.

Norton is worried that the British government will be keen to see him cut, in an effort to cut costs as he believes it’s himself and Lineker sitting at the top of the pay list.

“I hope Gary’s ready; he’s not stupid, he must realise it will be one of us next,” he added.

The 53-year-old also revealed that there is a added responsibility with his salary as it is “public money” unlike Simon Cowell or Ant and Dec, who work for ITV.

“Of course, there’s a huge difference, it’s public money,” he said.

“But within that, there’s responsibility. I try not to feel that responsibility, but they will catch me out.”

“I can’t live in fear of that. I try not to be too stupid, but the worst that can happen is that they succeed, and if they do I’ll have a lot of time to write.”

The comedian first announced he was penning his first ever book, Holding back in March this year.

The “darkly funny” novel tells of a story set in the remote Irish village of Duneen and set to hit Irish bookshelves this October.

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