Gay comedian Alan Carr has said that gay men make the best chatshow hosts because they are “gossipy”.

The second series of the star’s Channel 4 show Alan Carr: Chatty Man begins later this month.

According to Press Association, he said: “I think, at the heart of it, gay men are very gossipy, and very anecdote-led.

“I think maybe a straight man wouldn’t want to hear all of that – so maybe it’s because we’re interested in people’s lives, and what makes them tick.”

Carr also paid tribute to Jonathan Ross, whose show he worked on for three years.

He said: “I watched the master at work from the studio floor. He gets the Hollywood A-listers who are media-trained within an inch of their lives and he still manages to get something good out of them.”