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Graham Norton has taken the dust sheet off his sofa and poured himself a large glass of wine for the return this week of The Graham Norton Show.
Having been a chat show host for nearly two decades – his C4 series So Graham Norton started in 1998 – Graham, 53, knows what it takes to keep the conversation lively and competitive A-list egos happy.
TV Times sat the wise and witty one in his swivel chair to ask exactly what’s needed to make the very best chat show host. He tells us why empathy’s not such a big deal, how TV stars shouldn’t dress like the Britain’s Got Talent judges, and which other chat show host gets it just right… ‘Things have changed over the years and now I feel you don’t want a TV host who’s hard to look at. You don’t have to be a beauty, but if they’re physically repulsive, that makes it harder – I can think of some who were less than easy on the eye.
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