The most bizarre request made by a star in The Graham Norton Show’s 13 year history revealed by producer, while BBC refuses to indulge diva demands

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A producer on The Graham Norton Show has shed light on one of the most shocking backstage requests made by a star guest on the hit show.  

Graham Smart has worked with the Irish legend for over two decades, on previous shows as well as his eponymous BBC show which kicked off in 2007. 

Speaking to Metro, the honcho detailed how a guest on the show’s roster – which has boasted a whole realm of names ranging from Lady Gaga to Mark Wahlberg – once made the most bizarre request he had ever heard. 

While avoiding names, Graham explosively divulged: ‘I can’t give names, but we once had a major artist insist on a second dressing room. Which, you know, that’s fair enough. But…it was for their phone.’

Despite the demands, he insisted that the BBC will not tolerate the diva-like requests of the megastars to whome Graham’s sofa plays host. 

The most bizarre request made by a star in The Graham Norton Show’s 13 year history revealed by producer, while BBC refuses to indulge diva demands

A producer on The Graham Norton Show has shed light on one of the most shocking backstage requests made by a star on the hit show

He continued: ‘This is a really important show for the entertainment business. You’re not going to mess around. You can ask for insane things…

‘But why would we, why would we give them? There’s no sorting colours of M&M’s that sort of thing although [we do obviously] want to look after people and make them feel comfortable.’

The now-legendary phone story was regaled by Graham himself back in 2018. 

He explained: ‘Someone from their team came running into the production office saying, “It’s a 911 situation. We need another dressing room!”‘

‘We managed it but said, “Just out of interest, what’s it for?” Completely straight-faced [they replied]: “They want to charge their phone.”

‘That took our breath away. How somebody’s life gets to that point, where they cannot be in the same room as their phone, is beyond me.’ 

It’s not the first time the veteran TV host has spoken candidly about the celebrity guests he’s featured on The Graham Norton Show.

Speaking to Metro, the honcho detailed how a guest on the show's roster - which has boasted a whole realm of names ranging from Lady Gaga to Mark Wahlberg - once made the most bizarre request he had ever heard

Speaking to Metro, the honcho detailed how a guest on the show’s roster – which has boasted a whole realm of names ranging from Lady Gaga to Mark Wahlberg – once made the most bizarre request he had ever heard

Graham, a five-time BAFTA TV award winner, has interviewed a plethora of stars in his illustrious career. 

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph in 2017, Graham revealed who his best and worst celebrity guests have been. He divulged that Tom Cruise was among his favourites, with the actor an ‘incredible’ guest who remembers everyone’s names on set. 

The TV veteran was also a fan of actors Will Smith and Tom Hanks, who he deemed great interviewees. However there were no sparks between Graham and Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke, who he describes as ‘exhausting’ and ‘tiresome’. 

Graham is pictured in January with Bradley Cooper, Carey Mulligan, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bryan Cranston, Daniel Kaluuya and Kevin Bridge (L-R) There is nothing to suggest any of the stars present were who the story was about

Graham is pictured in January with Bradley Cooper, Carey Mulligan, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bryan Cranston, Daniel Kaluuya and Kevin Bridge (L-R) There is nothing to suggest any of the stars present were who the story was about

Graham, a five-time BAFTA TV award winner, has interviewed a plethora of stars in his illustrious career

Graham, a five-time BAFTA TV award winner, has interviewed a plethora of stars in his illustrious career

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