Friday 30 September 2016

Graham Norton: My book was so jolly, I had to include a bit about things I hate like sneezing and grapefruits

Published 17/07/2015 | 11:33

Graham Norton in London
Graham Norton in London

Eternal optimist Graham Norton wants to reassure people that he isn’t “too nice”,

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The 52-year-old has said that his latest memoir is permeated with positivity from start to finish.

“In fact, I had to put a chapter in at the end about the things I love to hate [loud sneezing; grapefruit; beach holidays], because it made me appear too nice I felt,” the funnyman told The Telegraph.

The Cork native added that he’s surprised that he manages to maintain such a sunny outlook on life.

Graham Norton
Graham Norton

“I suppose I’m surprised I’ve become as positive and gung-ho in life as I am,” he admitted.

“I think the word [depression] gets bandied around by some people. It’s a debilitating thing, it’s awful. You’re just a bit blue, so shut up! I don’t suffer from depression but I have been down about things,” he mused.

The chat show host regularly returns to his native county and is considering retiring there when he eventually gives up his role as Friday night’s most watched tv personality.

“The odd thing about being a chat show host, because your name is in the title, on that level, you’re high status. But, in reality, you play low status, because you’ve got to imagine these people are fascinating and that a half-baked anecdote is funny. You really do have to be a kiss-ass groveller.”

Graham Norton at the BAFTAs. Photo: PA
Graham Norton at the BAFTAs. Photo: PA

“So if I retired at 55, say? But then I think, if I live until I’m 85, that’s 30 years. I think I need to think about this very carefully, because once you get off the bus you’re not getting back on it. I mean, there are things you can do, like a daytime quiz or something. They’re quite lucrative. Maybe I’ll do that.”

For now, Norton is content with his two dogs and his eight month relationship with record company executive Andrew Smith, as he writes his latest novel.

Winning: Graham Norton with his BAFTA at the weekend
Winning: Graham Norton with his BAFTA at the weekend

“These two dogs have tapped reservoirs of love in me that I didn’t know I had,” the animal lover confessed.

Norton was also slow to reveal any details about his partner.

Graham Norton with the Entertainment Programme award for The Graham Norton Show, at the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London
Graham Norton with the Entertainment Programme award for The Graham Norton Show, at the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London

“He doesn’t do my job. He will not be doing an interview on the other side of town where he can give his side of our relationship,” he confirmed.

“I really like my own company, I have to work quite hard at not isolating myself.”

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