Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Graham Norton addresses Alison Hammond’s blunder over his dead dog

Graham Norton has said any awkwardness was his fault (Matt Crossick/PA)
Graham Norton has said any awkwardness was his fault (Matt Crossick/PA)

Graham Norton has taken the blame for Alison Hammond’s blunder over his dead dog, saying he thought the incident was funny.

Alongside Dermot O’Leary, Hammond is taking over Fridays on This Morning following the departure of Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes.

During her debut this week, Norton appeared on the show to discuss his own new job as a weekend host on Virgin Radio.

Alison Hammond
Alison Hammond is the new host of This Morning on Fridays alongside Dermot O’Leary (Ian West/PA)

Hammond asked whether he still had his dog, to which he bluntly replied: “No, dead”, prompting awkward laughter in the studio.

Speaking on his Sunday radio show, Norton dismissed the idea she had been impolite.

He said: “Now, I meant to say this yesterday, big up Alison Hammond. She got so much flak for apparently, you know, being insensitive or upsetting me.

“Because I did This Morning and she said, ‘Oh, how’s your dog?’ and I said, ‘Oh it’s dead’.

“And I did it in a deliberate way to be awkward. And it was going to be funny. It was funny.

“And I think she found it funny and Dermot found it funny. I found it funny.”

Norton said some people had “deliberately misrepresented” what happened to be “horrible”.

He added: “So I love Alison Hammond and if there was any awkwardness, it was my fault.

“I made it a bad thing. That’s the other thing, I feel like people then think I’m kind of heartless.

“I was bereft when the dog went, but now I can use it for comedy.”

Saturday morning saw Norton debut on Virgin Radio after departing BBC Radio 2 after a decade.

He has followed in the footsteps of ex-Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans in joining the station, and Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman is replacing him in his former slot.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]