Jack Whitehall will host The Graham Norton Show… as presenter steps down for the first time in 20 years due to schedule clash with Eurovision
Jack Whitehall will host The Graham Norton Show later this month, after the presenter had to step down from his duties for the first time in 20 years.
The comedian, 30, will guest host the talk show on Friday May 17th, and said he is ‘honoured’ to fill the 56-year-old’s showbiz boots while Graham is away in Tel Aviv preparing for the Eurovision Song Contest final on Saturday May 18th.
Speaking about hosting the show, Jack said: ‘I was so honoured Graham asked me to do this for him.
Handing over the reigns: Jack Whitehall will host The Graham Norton Show later this month, after the presenter had to step down from his duties for the first time in 20 years
‘The thought of stepping into his huge showbiz boots fills me in equal measure with fear and excitement.
‘Worst case, I will make everyone appreciate just how lucky we are to have him.’
Graham, meanwhile, said he was delighted the Fresh Meat star will be fronting his show while he is away but joked he shouldn’t get ‘too comfortable’ because he will be returning to his presenting chair.
Big shoes to fill: The comedian, 30, will guest host the talk show on Friday May 17th, and he is honoured to fill the 56-year-old’s showbiz boots while Graham is away in Tel Aviv
He said: ‘I’m thrilled to know that I am leaving the show in Jack’s capable hands. He is bound to do an amazing job.
‘I should warn him not to get too comfortable in my chair though, because like a slightly fey terminator, I’ll be back.’
Jack’s guests include, Luke Evans, Paloma Faith and Gwendoline Christie.
As well as the small screen, the comedian is landing more movie roles and is set to join Idris Elba in film Mouse Guard.
The Jungle Cruise actor is reportedly in discussions to join Idris, Andy Serkis, Samson Kayo and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in Fox’s adaptation of the popular Boom! Studios comic, which is being directed by Wes Ball.
The motion picture – which is set in a medieval world – will tell the story of an order of mice who are the sworn protectors of their realm.
Jack is reportedly in a ‘calm and measured staff wielder’ named Kenzie.
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