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Graham Norton is bookies’ favourite to take over Jonathan Ross’ BBC slot

PinkNews Staff Writer January 8, 2010

Gay presenter Graham Norton has been tipped to take over Jonathan Ross’ BBC 1 slot when Ross leaves the corporation in July.

Bookmaker William Hill has placed him as the favourite to take over the Friday night slot at odds of 1/6.

Next is comedian Michael McIntyre at 9/1, followed by Ian Wright at 12/1.

Others in the running are gay presenter Paul O’Grady, Harry Hill and Chris Evans.

Ross announced yesterday he was leaving the BBC after 13 years. He was expected to take a substantial paycut if his three-year contract was renewed, but denied he left over a money dispute.

He was one of the highest-paid stars on an estimate £6 million a year, although he got into hot water this year over a gay adoption joke and obscene prank calls to actor Andrew Sachs.

This week, it was also revealed that Norton has signed a two-year, £4 million deal to stay at the BBC.

He reportedly accepted a pay cut of £500,000, having previously been on £2.5 million a year.

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