Irish chat show host Graham Norton is enjoying his time in America so much, he has refused to return home to Britain to film his new BBC series.

The gay comedian has a huge following in Britain with his CHANNEL 4 programme and has become an instant hit in the US with his latest show THE GRAHAM NORTON EFFECT.

However Norton is expected back in the UK to begin his new BBC chat show in the autumn (04), for which he will receive $6.3 million (GBP3.5 million).

Norton moans, "The idea seemed interesting two months ago. But now that we're here, we couldn't be more bored by the idea of going home.

"I have no interest in going home. I imagine the BBC will be a bit upset if they read this."

23/08/2004 08:26