Comedian Graham Norton has been told by BBC bosses he will not be replacing Jonathan Ross on his Friday night talk show, despite press speculation.
According to The Sun, execs at the corporation broke the news to Norton – who is under contract to the BBC until 2012 – on Friday, ending the rumours that he was being lined up to fill the popular time slot when Ross leaves in July.
“Graham is not going to get that show and that is a fact,” an insider told the paper.
The 46-year-old’s current chat show on BBC1 has been a hit with viewers and is expected to move to Fridays, but this will not happen until next year.
Reports suggest that funnyman Michael McIntyre and DJ Chris Evans are among the names tipped to take over from Ross, who announced this week he would be leaving the BBC after 13 years.
The presenter’s next move remains unclear, although reports in the press have said that he may return to Channel 4, where he first found fame in the 80s on the late night show The Last Resort.