Jimmy Fallon, Graham Norton Detail Trials and Tribulations of Lockdown Late Shows

Graham Norton
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Graham Norton dropped by The Tonight Show on Tuesday, where he and Jimmy Fallon talked about the issues — mostly funny — when it comes to doing their shows during the pandemic.

Norton, host of the popular BBC program The Graham Norton Show, started off the topic with a quip. "I did not get into show business to put on my own mic," he joked to Fallon.

In reality, Norton said doing his show remote from his home for a while, just as Fallon and other U.S. talk show hosts had done, was "awful," adding, "It was so boring."

Norton said his show, which normally takes 45 minutes to shoot, took seven hours the first time it was shot remotely, which he said was mostly his fault because he did not know what he was doing.

"It was like, 'Are you recording it in HD?' I don't know!" Norton said of talks with crew.

Norton noted that another bizarre aspect of the process was asking guests to stop saying how much they were enjoying the lockdown, as bragging about their home amenities — a gym, a theater — was a bit much.

Fallon said there had been a few times when a guest would be sharing a serious, emotional story and their screen would freeze in the middle, and he then had to ask them to go back and do it all over again.

Norton also mocked some of the room choices stars went with to do the interview. "Like the people who look they have been kidnapped and are about to hold up the newspaper with that day's date," he joked.

Watch the full interview below.