Graham Norton admits pandemic changed his career

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 January 2021
Graham Norton

Graham Norton

According to Graham Norton, the coronavirus pandemic has changed his career

Graham Norton thinks the coronavirus pandemic has changed his career.

The 57-year-old star – who has recently made the switch from BBC Radio 2 to Virgin Radio – admits his outlook has changed amid the ongoing health crisis.

Reflecting on his move to Virgin, Graham explained: "I think it’s to do with this weird year and realising how fortunate we are to work and how important it is that someone cares where you are.

"I just felt that I was really lucky that somebody was saying, ‘Be here, show up, you’ve got a job’, and that was tempting to me in a way that it wouldn’t have been a year ago.

"It was my excitement about doing Saturday and Sunday and being my age and someone wanting me. That’s so persuasive, someone being nice and saying, ‘Do you want to come?’

"I never thought anyone would be trying to headhunt me, and that’s a really nice feeling. Last Sunday I woke up and thought, ‘Oh I won’t be in bed this time next Sunday’. It will be a shock to the system.

"I don’t know why we didn’t do Saturday and Sunday at the BBC. It’s too late to follow up on funny stories a week later."

Graham hadn't planned to make the switch to Virgin. But doing his BBC show in lockdown had "taken the joy out of it".

He told The Sun newspaper: "It was a moment of madness, it was not my plan.

"The only thing I was thinking was that I might walk away from the Radio 2 show because I had been doing it for ten years, it wasn’t going to get any bigger.

"Doing it in lockdown had taken the joy out of it – and you had to climb six flights of stairs to the studio."

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