Gay television presenter Graham Norton has said that no one with any intelligence wants to date a TV star.

Speaking about his singledom, the star told the Daily Mirror: “I’m single at the moment. It’s the ‘at the moment’ which is the air-freshener in the stench-drenched toilet of my love life. You never give up do you? I might form a lifelong commitment with a Brazilian nurse on my deathbed.

“On the one hand being on the TV makes it easier to meet people. But no intelligent person would want to go out with someone off the telly. Because that would be a nightmare. So, that’s the Catch-22. I’d think they were an idiot for agreeing to go out with me.”

However, Norton added it was better to be miserable alone than miserable in a couple.

He said: “I’m a great one for looking at other people’s relationships and thinking, ‘I’m glad I’m not in that.’

“In my life I know about two couples who I look at and think, ‘I could cope with that.’

“I’d prefer to be miserable alone than miserable in a relationship.”