Iconic comedians Graham Norton and Alan Carr have escaped cutbacks to each land themselves Â£4m contracts, guaranteeing their presence on our screens until at least 2014. Both front competing comedy chat shows airing on different channels in the same Friday evening slot.
Graham Norton is reported to be putting the finishing touches on his new contract, which will see him front a further 34 episodes of The Graham Norton Show, as well as the Baftas and Eurovision song contest. âGraham’s been having a blast and he can’t see himself going anywhere else. The BBC hasn’t got loads of money to throw around so everyone is happy with it,â? said a BBC spokesperson.
After impressing Channel 4 bigwigs with his ability to land huge starsÂ¸ Chatty Man Alan Carr was offered Â£4m to make another four seasons of the show. âWe took a risk and it’s paid off. People love coming on his show and we get some top-flight guests. We’ve tied him down for two more years to stop anyone else getting him,â? A channel 4 source told The Sun.
Tonightâs Chatty Man has guest appearances from Louis Walsh and Sir Bruce Forsyth, while Graham will be chatting with Kim Cattrall and Jessie Wallace.