Graham Norton has played down rumours that he is set to replace Jonathan Ross when his chat show ends.
The TV star said he was unsure whether the BBC would even run another chat show on Friday evenings when Jonathan leaves.
Asked whether he had been called about replacing the chat show host, he joked: “I do have a phone and it has rung, yes, but about this? No.”
Graham, who recently renewed his BBC contract, had seemed an obvious replacement and emerged as an early favourite.
But speaking at the gala premiere of West End show Legally Blonde, he said: “I don’t think a chat show will go straight in there and he’s not on all the year. Other things are in that slot anyway, so I guess it’s up to the BBC to see what works.”
He added: “It’s an hour in the schedule and I have no idea what’s going to happen. I do a show called The Graham Norton Show, that’s what I do, I’m not going to suddenly start doing the Jonathan Ross show, whatever happens.”
Jonathan made the surprise announcement last week that he was parting from the BBC when his contract finishes in the summer.
The presenter also hosts a Saturday morning show on Radio 2 and the Film review programme for BBC One.
Graham joked: “There’ll be another chat show along in a second, they’re like buses.”