BBC presenter Graham Norton is the third highest paid star at the BBC with earning of £610,000-£614,999 for his Radio 2 show, The Graham Norton Show and hosting other programmes like Eurovision. Now he has opened up on his earnings noting it’s “odd” MPs are keen to find out what those at the BBC earn.
Speaking to Radio Times about his earnings, Graham revealed he believed if MPs could get ITV to disclose the salaries of the likes of Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, they would.
He commented: “I have to say, what would really shock the public is to discover the disparity between ITV and BBC. People would go, ‘Wow!’”
When pressed on if he’d consider himself wealthy, Graham replied: “It’s made me far more wealthy than I ever thought I’d be or planned to be.
“All the people who say, ‘He earns that, he doesn’t deserve that,’ they’re absolutely right.
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“You cannot justify my wages, so I don’t try.”
He continued: “Am I still cashing the cheques? Yes, because somehow the market forces have decreed this is my value.
“I don’t discuss money. I don’t meet [BBC director-general] Tony Hall and