Graham Norton has said he was in disbelief over the death of his friend Carrie Fisher.

The Irish telly presenter spoke to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on ITV programme This Morning today about Fisher’s final appearance on his beeb chat show.

Fisher died on December 27th last year after spending four days in intensive care following a cardiac arrest during a flight from London to Los Angeles on December 23rd. The American star – best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films – had been promoting her autobiography The Princess Diarist, around Europe, with an appearance on BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show on December 9.

“It transpired that was her final interview. If we had known, I wish he had done a better job! It was such a shock. It’s taken a long time to figure out that she has gone. She did nearly cancel, she was ill, under the weather. But she got through the show. When we got news, I thought that can’t be the end of Carrie Fisher. She was a life force.” – Graham Norton

In her memoir, Carrie confessed to an affair with Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford who is set to appear on Graham’s show tomorrow. But Graham revealed he didn’t probe him about the alleged relationship.

“I didn’t bring it up. You know he’s not going to talk about it. I’m not a journalist. Who cares? I’m not the police, I’m not there to interrogate people.”

Of the actor’s mood on the couch, Graham added: “Harrison does have a slight reputation, but he was in very good form. He likes the movie and there is a big bromance with him and [Blade Runner co-star] Ryan Gosling. Chattier than I’ve seen him!”

Graham added that he’s a massive fan of Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and Will Smith as guests.

On Tom, he said: “I’ve never met anyone who works with him who’s got a bad word to say to him. Being Tom Cruise is his full time job and he’s brilliant at it.”

“It is kind of crazy. You start in a job and you think, great I’ve got a job. But if someone had told me I would be doing it in 20 years, I wouldn’t have believed it! The big stars we haven’t had yet are Julia Roberts. Unless we have and I apologise. She’s in a hotel room in London saying ‘yes we have’. The blend of guests on the show are important.” – Graham Norton

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in 1983
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