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Hillary Clinton talks election defeat on The Graham Norton Show

We’re used to Graham’s guests coming from the world of entertainment. So tonight will be a test, as Hillary Clinton plonks herself down on the sofa
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Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appears on tonight's Graham Norton Show along with Scottish actor Gerard Butler.

Hillary Clinton reveals how she tried to get out of going to President Trump's inauguration on tonight's Graham Norton Show.

The former presidential candidate tells the chat show host about how she felt following her shock defeat in last year's election.

She says: “It was shocking and devastating. I gave the concession speech and then it was like someone pulled the drain, all the adrenalin was gone and I collapsed. I felt terrible and so responsible. But I couldn’t stay under the covers so I pulled on my sweat pants and went for a walk in the woods with the dogs, I saw friends, did yoga and had my fair share of Chardonnay! Laughter is the best cure for everything and I just started having a good time again.”

Asked about having to make the call to Trump to congratulate him, she says, “It is tradition that the loser calls the winner. It would have been different if it had been under normal circumstances, if it had been a normal Republican! He seemed as surprised to win as everyone else was I think, but was ebullient and happy. It was very painful for me.”

The former First Lady also reveals she and her husband Bill Clinton tried to get out of attending the inauguration, as is tradition.

She says: “Bill and I thought maybe some of the others weren’t going – we asked the Bushes. The elder ones were in hospital, which seemed legitimate! The younger ones had to go as did the Carters. I didn’t know what to expect. I wanted him to rise to the occasion but that didn’t happen – it was a dark and divisive speech. It was so sad and George W said to me, ‘That was some weird s**t!’ and it was.”

Also on the sofa is Scottish actor Gerard Butler, comedian Jack Whitehall, Hollywood star Jeff Goldblum and singer-songwriter Gregory Porter.

The Graham Norton Show airs tonight at 10.35pm on BBC One