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Michael McIntyre to host BBC One chat show

Michael McIntyre
Image caption McIntyre was reportedly the highest earning comedian in 2012

Comedian Michael McIntyre is to host a BBC One chat show in the spring, it has been announced.

The BBC has commissioned six episodes, each of which will see McIntyre interviewing three celebrity guests.

McIntyre said: "From my very first conversation I remember thinking, 'This should be televised!'. Well now the British Broadcasting Corporation has made my dream a reality."

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore said she was "thrilled".

McIntyre added that he was "overwhelmingly excited about meeting and having fun with my favourite celebrated people".

McIntyre has previously hosted his own BBC One programme, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow and was a judge on Britain's Got Talent in 2011.

His UK tour in 2012, during which he played to over 700,000 people in 71 venues, including 10 nights at London's O2 arena, reportedly earned the comic £21m.

However, chat shows are notoriously difficult to pull off. Even popular and trusted TV talents such as Davina McCall and Johnny Vaughan have stumbled when put in the inquisitor's chair.

But the pay-offs are high for those who succeed - with Jonathan Ross and Graham Norton among the UK's highest-paid TV hosts.

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