Graham Norton Show: Why is Jack Whitehall presenting this week?

17 May 2019, 15:41 | Updated: 18 May 2019, 20:47

Graham Norton is taking a break from his Friday night show
Graham Norton is taking a break from his Friday night show. Picture: Getty

By Giorgina Hamilton

The Graham Norton show is getting a new host for one week when the veteran talk show host takes his first ever break from the Friday night sofa.

Jack Whitehall will be covering for Graham Norton tonight (May 17), while the Irish presenter will be in Tel Aviv, Israel preparing to commentate the Eurovision Song Contest.

"I was so honoured Graham asked me to do this for him," Jack said.

Jack Whitehall hosts The Graham Norton Show
Jack Whitehall hosts The Graham Norton Show. Picture: BBC

"The thought of stepping into his huge showbiz boots fills me in equal measure with fear and excitement.

"Worst case, I will make everyone appreciate just how lucky we are to have him."

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Graham said: "I'm thrilled to know that I am leaving the show in Jack's capable hands. He is bound to do an amazing job.

"I should warn him not to get too comfortable in my chair, though, because like a slightly fey terminator, I'll be back!"

The Graham Norton Show
The Graham Norton Show. Picture: PA

Guests for the special one-off episode hosted by Jack will be David Walliams, Peter Crouch, Game Of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie, and Beauty and The Beast's Luke Evans.