Who will replace Graham Norton on Radio 2?

Graham Norton is to present weekend shows on Virgin Radio from next year following his exit from BBC Radio 2 after ten years at the station. 

The presenter and comedian said he was "excited and a little surprised" to be joining Virgin Radio after leaving Radio 2. But who will replace him there?

Who will replace Graham Norton on Radio 2? 

Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman will replace Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2 after the chat-show star left for Virgin Radio.

The 48-year-old revealed on November 23 that she would take over the Saturday show, which airs between 10am and 1pm, from February. 

Claudia, 48, said: "I’m not often speechless but the chance to be with the wonderful Radio 2 listeners every Saturday has left me, quite frankly, gobsmacked.

"I hope my voice comes back in time for the first show as I can no longer simply rely on a fake tan and a fringe.

"There’s nobody I’d rather be with at the weekend, it’s a privilege and an honour.”

When is Graham Norton's last Radio 2 show?

Graham Norton’s final Radio 2 show will air on Saturday, 19 December.

The presenter is not leaving the BBC, however, and will continue commentating Eurovision, judging on Drag Race UK and hosting his weekly chat show on BBC One.

Graham Norton said he was "sad to be stepping away" from Radio 2, and admitted that he will "miss the listeners and their lives".

How long was Graham Norton at Radio 2? 

Graham Norton first became a Radio 2 host ten years ago. 

Over the decade, Norton spoke to stars including Olivia Coleman, Kylie Minogue, and Tina Turner on his Radio 2 show. 

Head of Radio 2 Helen Thomas said: "For the past decade, Graham has made Saturday mornings his own on Radio 2.

"His sparkling interviews, as well as his brilliant shows from the Eurovision host city each May, have kept millions of listeners entertained each week."

In a statement, Graham Norton said: "I'll miss being a part of the Wogan House family, as well as the listeners and their lives. 

“I'd like to thank my producer Malcolm Prince and all the teams I've worked with for a great decade of radio.

"Happily with the chat show, Eurovision and Drag Race the BBC continues to be my perfect TV home."

When will Graham Norton start at Virgin?

Graham Norton will join Virgin Radio in 2021 to start his new show after finishing at the BBC in December. 

Speaking about joining the Virgin stable, Graham Norton said: “I am excited and a little surprised to be joining Virgin Radio UK in 2021. 

“I was very content where I was but the opportunity to host shows across the weekend seemed too good to miss out on.

"Plus the energy and enthusiasm at Virgin Radio are infectious and I can’t wait to get started! Did I mention the studios are very close to my house?”

Source: Read Full Article