Graham Norton, arguably the king of UK chat shows, has revealed that he plans to retire from The Graham Norton Show before he reaches his 60th birthday.
Luckily, we’ve got eight more glorious years of his presenting to go before he reaches that age, unless, of course, he decides to retire early.
Erm, except please don’t do that, Graham. Please.
The 52-year-old revealed his plans at a Times+ event, admitting he’d rather bow out of the show while it’s still HUGELY successful – so successful, in fact, that it’s currently beating Alan Carr and Jonathan Ross in the ratings battlee.
According to The Mirror, he told his Radio 2 co-presenter Maria McErlane at the event: “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 BBC1 on that prime Friday night slot, so we’ve always been inching forward over 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. I’m not jumping tomorrow but it is in my head.”
We totally understand, but we also REALLY don’t want him to wave goodbye to such an entertaining show.
Expanding on his plans, he added that “you want to get out when you can still enjoy your life,” recalling how his neighbours had to be airlifted three times on holiday because they were “too old to do the trip.”
He does, of course, have some reservations about bowing out for good, explaining: “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.”
We’d actually kinda love to see Graham in the jungle, but that’s besides the point.
The presenter, who’s had a whole bunch of incredible sofa guests over the years, was also asked why he’s still single, to which he replied: “You have your own rules as you get older. I would prefer to live alone for the rest of my life rather than live with towels that were folded incorrectly.
“Petty is important. That’s why marriages break up. Marriages don’t break up because of big things.
“The older you get, the less right you have to be fussy and yet the older you get the fussier you become, so oddly when your standards should be dropping you find them getting higher. You see younger friends starting relationships and you know how that story ends. You just sit there and wait for the end.
“When you’re young if you meet a partner and they’re cheating on someone to be with you but then they go with you, you think: ‘That’s great’. But of course as older people we know they then cheat on you.
“So I’m careful. Why do you want to be heartbroken again because if you keep being heartbroken you’re a moron.”
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