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BBC has no prime-time show for Norton


The BBC is reportedly holding crisis talks as it attempts to find a new prime-time show for one of its highest-paid stars, Graham Norton.

The presenter, who has a £7.5million three-year deal, has been left without a big Saturday night hit after Andrew Lloyd Webber pulled the plug on a new musical reality show.

Norton had been due to present a talent search to find stars for The Wizard Of Oz, however, the show was axed when composer Lloyd Webber pulled out over fears he would be accused of using it to promote his Phantom Of The Opera sequel.

A BBC source told The Sun: "It has seriously screwed us. That show would have given Graham 12 weeks of work. Now there’s nothing."

The news comes just weeks after the presenter’s latest series, Totally Saturday, was axed after ratings plummeted during the show’s run. Norton has enjoyed massive success with musical-based shows such as Any Dream Will Do and How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? however, other programmes he’s been involved in including Strictly Dance Fever and The One And Only have failed to pull in massive audiences.

A BBC spokesperson said: "Graham is a hugely talent and valued presenter at the BBC. His chat show returns to BBC1 later this year and we are look at a range of projects with him for 2010 which we will be announcing in due course."



July 22, 2009 - Posted by | Entertainement, Funny, People

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