Chat Show King spills the beans

Chat Show King spills the beans
TV host Graham Norton.

London-based Irish TV host Graham Norton is nicknamed Chat Show King for good reason.

With his easy-going and ebullient manner, he often manages to get even the most reserved and difficult of celebrities to open up and talk on his hit British programme, The Graham Norton Show.

Famously reticent stars such as Australian actor Russell Crowe and James Bond actor Daniel Craig have appeared completely chatty and relaxed on his show, often volunteering information on their own.

Yet, in a telephone interview with Life!, the amiable 50-year-old readily confesses to be "a terrible interviewer".

Speaking from his home in Dublin, Ireland, he says seriously: "I just love to chat, really. I'm not a good interviewer because I'm not the type to keep going at them to get something out of them.

"I know that there are just some things that they'll never tell you or anyone else. It's not like I'm going to get a situation where I have someone like O.J. Simpson who suddenly says, 'Yes, I did kill her'. So I've accepted that in the end, they're just going to tell you what they want to tell you and that's fine."

The show, already into its 14th season, features big-name celebrities from all walks of life, including movies, music and sports. Actors such as Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise have appeared on the show, as has musician Paul McCartney.

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