Graham Norton says that plans to erect a statue of him in his hometown of Bandon would be "a waste of money."

The Southern Star newspaper reported that organisers of Cork Rebel Week, the county's key event for The Gathering, have commissioned a statue of the BBC presenter to be crafted by a West Cork artist.

However when asked about the reports in an interview with What's on TV, Norton said: "They haven't made one yet thank God.

"Thank you for reminding me – I must write to them and beg them not to. It's such a waste of money and it would look hideous!"

Cork Rebel Week organisers were apparently hoping that the presenter would return to Bandon for the unveiling of the statue during the celebrations from October 14th to 20th.