Alan Carr Channel 4, CHANNEL 4 have fought off ITV to sign Chatty Man Alan Carr for two more years in a £4million deal.
Alan put pen to paper on a contract this week which ties him to the channel until 2015.
But ITV launched a late bid to sign him as Jonathan Ross’s ratings slide and he struggles for top guests. Last week he slipped to 2.25 million viewers, his second lowest ever.
Despite being on a smaller channel, Chatty Man gets more than two million viewers and now has pick of guests over Jonathan.
A TV source said: “ITV felt they could make him even more mainstream and popular and pull in five million viewers with his shows. But for now, their only chat show host is Wossy.”
Confirming Alan’s deal, keeping him at Channel 4 until the end of 2015, Head of entertainment Justin Gorman said they were “chuffed” he had turned down other offers.
He added: “Alan’s warm, witty and a little bit wild. We look forward to celebrating, over a sherry or two, his 100th episode of Chatty Man, later in the year.”
Alan, 36, bidding to take Graham Norton’s chat show host crown, said: “I’m ecstatic – I love being on Channel 4 where I can be myself and let my hair down, what’s left of it.”
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This week Alan will put away the spirits in his Chatty Man drinks cabinet because recovering alcoholic Paul Gascoigne is a guest.
But Jonathan Ross has a disappointing line-up – not for the first time this series.
He is joined by the Kemp brothers, Suede, Julian Clary and five of the cast from Channel 4 reality show Made in Chelsea.
A TV source said: “None would have made it on Wossy’s show at his peak.”
Other Alan Carr guests this year have included Kylie Minogue, One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Cheryl Cole and Noel Gallagher.
Channel 4 is also doing a pilot show for a new sitcom with Carr, which they are very excited about.
Alan’s spoof of One Direction star Harry Styles is still one of the best we’ve ever seen.