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to think Jonathan Ross is a cowardly interviewer?

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MardyBra Sun 02-Nov-14 01:01:58

I caught a few minutes of his programme earlier. Why does he have to sit about a foot above his interviewees hidden behind a desk. Why can't he interview face to face in an equal status chair ( with no defences) like Parky did.

I know Jay Leno does it in the States, but it's no excuse.

MardyBra Sun 02-Nov-14 01:02:38

And why did I miss out all my question marks in the OP?

harverina Sun 02-Nov-14 01:42:33

I always feel like we have learned very little about the person he interviews. It is a series of comedic questions with little value.

American interviewers are so much better.

Andrewofgg Sun 02-Nov-14 01:46:32

The old farts among us will remember the late, great Richard Dimbleby.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Sun 02-Nov-14 01:56:09

YANBU to think that, or that he is a self-absorbed, self-serving twat.

He doesn't flick a switch let alone hold a candle to Parkinson, who I don't like, but he did a good interview.

I am definitely an old fart, wasn't Richard Dimbleby more serious, one to one interviews?

OsloGin Sun 02-Nov-14 02:04:40

Why does Graham Norton generally have more prominent guests?

blackheartsgirl Sun 02-Nov-14 02:05:15

Ross likes the sound of his own voice too much. I cringe when I watch him

thecatfromjapan Sun 02-Nov-14 02:38:42

He's good at his job. And this is his job: he uses his wit, and persona, to hide the fact that he is hosting a large advertising slot, where various famous people come on and flog stuff.
His wit hides the fact it is all scripted, and run past the PR people.
It's an advert, dressed up asinterviews'. And he makes a few jokes, makes the celebrities look human, even funny.
Grah norton also hides this truth: with a bit of smut and humour. He often has a co-comedian on to try and jolly things along.
They are not interviews. They are slick adverts.

thecatfromjapan Sun 02-Nov-14 02:39:36

I really think celebrity culture is a sign of the apocalypse.

wobblyweebles Sun 02-Nov-14 03:41:48

It's years since I saw Wossy interview someone, but basically it was a long series of questions along the lines of 'Heyyyyy [insert name of famous person], how are you since I last saw you at [insert name of awards show]? Awwwight mate!'

Chippednailvarnish Sun 02-Nov-14 08:35:23

Why does Graham Norton generally have more prominent guests?

Because he actually let's the guests talk?!?

indigo18 Sun 02-Nov-14 09:37:25

I much prefer Graham Norton's show; all guests on together and then they interact, and often in a very entertaining way. Cringed at Wossy's comment 'one of my children is gay', last night. Norton always seems to be more relaed too.

winkywinkola Sun 02-Nov-14 09:38:11

Wossy is obsequious and a bit lechy.

I prefer Norton a lot more.

indigo18 Sun 02-Nov-14 09:38:16

relaxed

redexpat Sun 02-Nov-14 09:41:11

He is not funny, and not a good interviewer. He doesnt actually ask that many questions. Graham Norton everytime for me.

Floundering Sun 02-Nov-14 09:46:11

GN gently prompts his guests & is happy to sit back & let the show freefall a bit when they go off on their own brilliant tangents, that to me is a good interviewer. (they all have copious amounts of alcohol too which I think loosens them up a bit....yes Matt Damon!!!)

JR sometimes has great guests but I always feel irritated watching the show as its all about him not them.

ThirdPoliceman Sun 02-Nov-14 10:48:54

Oooh, interesting point of view Catfromjapan.
Are we in the End of Days?
Plague, pestilence, war, famine and celebrities!
I think you are bang on.

VodkaJelly Sun 02-Nov-14 10:55:33

I cannot stand him at all. He never lets people talk and always bigs up his own stories.

Nancy66 Sun 02-Nov-14 10:58:19

When Ross was on the BBC he got bigger guests. Now he's on ITV and the ratings are down he doesn't get such big names.

chat shows are entertainment really. none of them ask probing questions and most celebs will only appear on the condition that certain topics are off subject.

Riverland Sun 02-Nov-14 10:58:59

Can't watch him. Unwatchable fake vain empty eurrrgghh.

CromerSutra Sun 02-Nov-14 10:59:06

I don't mind him but he doesn't give them much of a chance to chat. GN is brilliant. That mix of guests including a comedian always makes it seem like a really hilarious party where people tell funny stories and everyone enjoys being there. The interactions between the guests are great.

AlpacaYourThings Sun 02-Nov-14 11:01:13

I think he's a shit interviewer.

He asks questions and then talks over the interviewee, so frustrating to watch!

CalamityKate1 Sun 02-Nov-14 11:08:15

Winky - "obsequious" - YY!

That's exactly the right word.

He's just so slimy and arse-licky.

JR reviewing a film on his film show - "Awful film. Badly acted, terrible script, dreadful direction" etc.

JR interviewing actor in same film on the JR show "I have to tell you how much I enjoyed the film. You were fantastic in it" etc etc.

And what with the Andrew Sachs phonecall with the equally loathesome Russel Brand..... awful man.

OsloGin Sun 02-Nov-14 12:57:49

I agree. I choose norton every time. I didn't know that guests might be linked to ratings. Ross isn't doing very well then!

chockbic Sun 02-Nov-14 12:59:07

Please no more Russell Brand on his show.

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