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Graham Norton reveals: 'I got a panic attack when I got my own show'

Chat show host Graham Norton has revealed he panicked when Channel 4 first approached him.

The comedian admitted he was overwhelmed when he found out his was getting his own show.

“I was plugging away, doing stand-up, radio, panel shows and the aim – the thing you think you’re working towards – is getting your own show,” he said.

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Overwhelmed: Graham admitted he panicked when he found out he was getting his own show

“And then I got my own Channel 4 show and I don’t know if it was just a panic attack, but I remember being stressed.”

The popular broadcaster opened up about the pressure he felt when he was given the slot – admitting he had no alternative if it didn’t work out.

“I realised that, actually, the thing that can be your big break can be the thing that absolutely destroys you,” he revealed.

“I had no plan B. I didn’t have the choices of quitting. I simply had to keep going.”

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Speaking at Listowel Writers’ Week, the London based star admitted he has developed a new-found love for his hometown of Bandon after the passing of his father.

“Ireland is brilliant at death, but in a genuinely good way. When my father died it made me appreciate the community in Bandon in a way that I never had previously,” he divulged.

“It made me feel the things I thought were there to hold me back were actually there to support me,

“People stepped in to fill the gap and that was the beginning of me thinking that maybe I’d judged this country too harshly,” he said.

“I now spend two or three months every year in West Cork. I genuinely love the place.”

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