Gay Irish comedian and TV presenter Graham Norton will host the American leg of charity concert LIVE 8.

The flamboyant 41-year-old is thrilled with the deal - as he was desperate to stay in America after finding success with his COMEDY CENTRAL show THE GRAHAM NORTON EFFECT.

Norton will head to Washington DC for 2 July (05) to front the US leg of the charity rock spectacular - which boasts stars such as Outkast, Alicia Keys and Mary J Blige.

Fellow UK personalities Jonathan Ross and Jamie Theakston will present acts such as U2, Robbie Williams and former BEATLE Sir Paul McCartney performing in London's Hyde Park.

An insider says, "The Americans love Graham, so he's a natural for Live 8 - and he'll be fronting a huge show for the BBC."

SIR Bob Geldof will officially reveal the details for both gigs tomorrow (31MAY05).

30/05/2005 13:41