1.13.2012

Video clip Graham Norton finally chats up Madonna



When I talked to Graham Norton in December, his "scrappy mixed terrier thing" kept interrupting by attacking her loudest toy. Her name, he said, is Madge, which led me to ask if she's named after Madonna.

"Well yes, but I didn't do it! I don't want to lose my booking over this," he said, referring to finally landing his dream guest on his British chat show, "The Graham Norton Show."

He needn't have worried. Madonna showed up Wednesday to tape the episode, which will air at a special time, 9:45 p.m., this Saturday on BBC America. In December, Norton was beyond thrilled the Material Girl would be on the show, but concerned.

"It's such a big deal for us," he said. "I've bleeted on about wanting her for 12, 14 years or something, so it's finally happening. And listen, this is as close as we have ever got, but I won't believe until it's taped and broadcast."

Madonna appears on the show with actors James D'Arcy and Andrea Riseborough, the stars of the movie she directed, "W./E." She talks a bit about Lady Gaga with Norton, and even brings up the canine Madge. Watch below.

It isn't the first time Norton has talked to the non-canine Madge. "I met her really, really briefly and I had my picture taken with her and that's my Facebook picture," he said, laughing. "Me and Madonna, we look marvelous."

Now about his noisy dog Madge: How did she get her name? "At the rescue center they called her Madonna," Norton told me. "I can't have a dog called Madonna unless I change my other dog's name to Elton or something, so I just shortened it to Madge and it really suits her."

Norton and I talked more about his talk show, American guests and how he got to where he is today. I also played a little game of "Would You Rather?" with him, which you can find in this earlier post.