Saturday 3 December 2016

Alan Carr's Chatty Man 'axed' after fierce ratings war with The Graham Norton Show

Sasha Brady

Published 10/10/2016 | 09:13

Alan Carr
Alan Carr
(left to right) Graham Norton, Dame Helen Mirren, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana and Ricky Gervais during the filming of the Graham Norton Show
Lionel Richie and Alan Carr on Chatty Man

Alan Carr's Chatty Man is reportedly being axed by Channel 4 after it failed to compete with the star-pulling power of BBC's The Graham Norton Show.

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The show has entertained viewers for 16 seasons but has been left behind in a ratings war with The Jonathan Ross Show and The Graham Norton Show.

Chatty Man takes in just two million viewers on average per episode, half of Graham Norton's 3.9 million following on the BBC and Channel 4 are said to have decided to call time on its run.

According to reports in The Syn, Alan said at the launch of his new book Alanatomy: "I just think that the art of the chat show has evolved unless you can get the amazing guests all the time that Norton gets.

(left to right) Graham Norton, Dame Helen Mirren, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana and Ricky Gervais during the filming of the Graham Norton Show
(left to right) Graham Norton, Dame Helen Mirren, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana and Ricky Gervais during the filming of the Graham Norton Show

"I'll be honest with you, I don't think moving it to a Thursday was the best move. It feels like a party show, a Friday show.

"Three guests a week and Channel 4, God love 'em, extended it to 30 episodes - that's 90 guests who are relevant and people are interested in, up against the amazing Norton and Jonathan Ross."

Read more: 'It's me or Gary Lineker' - Graham Norton's concerns over potential axe from BBC

Alan, who's won a BAFTA and two NTAs for his show - said he felt he'd it as far as he could.

Lionel Richie and Alan Carr on Chatty Man
Lionel Richie and Alan Carr on Chatty Man

He's interviewed dozens of high profile guests on the show since it first aired in 2009 - from Rihanna to Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey to Russell Brand.

Channel 4 bosses told the Daily Mail that a decision has yet to be reached facing Chatty Man's future.

He is now focusing on his upcoming programme Alan Carr's Happy Hour, which will air at 8pm on Fridays later this year.

It will mix things up with celebrity guests playing games and getting involved in sketches and stunts, similar to Keith Lemon's Celebrity Juice.

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