'Late Late Show punches above its weight' - Graham Norton heaps praise on Ryan Tubridy
They may be chat show rivals but Graham Norton was full of praise for broadcaster Ryan Tubridy's show last night.
Norton, at an Eason book event, was asked if he thought the guests on The Late Late Show were of the same calibre as those he secured.
"You cannot compare," he said. "They are not like for like. We're in London so these people are in town. I think The Late Late Show punches well above its weight."
Norton has fronted the BBC's flagship Friday show since 2007 and now he is set to host the Beeb's new shiny floor Saturday night show.
Norton and Great British Bake Off's Mel Giedroyc will present Gary Barlow's search-for-a-star show Let It Shine in the New Year.
The show hopes to unearth an all-singing, all-dancing actor to star in Barlow's upcoming musical The Band - which will feature the music of Take That.
BBC producers hope the show will fill the void left by The Voice and comparisons have already been made with Andrew Lloyd Webber's show I'll Do Anything, which Norton previously worked on.
Judges include Dannii Minogue, Martin Kemp and Glee actress Amber Riley.
The broadcaster and writer was in Dublin last night to chat about his debut novel, Holding, at an event in the Round Room of Dublin's Mansion House.
During the course of the evening he discussed his favourite guests to have appeared on his chat show, and who he would love to interview.
"Madonna was amazing. I wanted Brad and Angelina but I feel the chances are a bit slim now," he said.
Norton moved from Ireland to London when he was in his 20s but said he has fallen back in love with the old country.
"It was when my dad died I fell in love with Ireland because Ireland deals with death so well," he said.
Graham discussed his debut novel - a murder mystery set in the sleepy town of Duneen.
It tells the story of Sergeant PJ Collins, an underworked and overweight local garda who investigates when a skeleton is unearthed on a construction site.
The rights for his book have been snapped up by former EastEnders producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins.
During his time working on EastEnders, Mr Treadwell-Collins oversaw the death of Peggy Mitchell.
His production company, Blueprint Pictures, previously worked on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and In Bruges.