Bookies William Hill are confident that Graham Norton is the early favourite to take over Jonathan Ross’s Friday night slot Digital Spy reports.

In yesterday’s shock announcement that Jonathan Ross told scores of disheartened fans that he would be leaving the BBC.

As speculation gathers that Wossy made the decision to leave before he was asked to, people are already hedging their bets on his replacement.

The day before Ross’s announcement, Graham Norton signed another two-year deal with the broadcaster for a reported £4 million. Coincidence?

2009 success story Michael McIntyre is behind Norton at 9/1, closely followed by footballer-turned-presenter Ian Wright at 12/1.

Paul O'Grady and Harry Hill are both at14/1, whilst Chris Evans who replaced Terry Wogan on Radio 2 has been placed at 20/1.

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