Jonathan Ross has been speaking to The Sun about his ITV chat show, and has revealed that when it returns later this year there will be a shake-up to the programme.
The Jonathan Ross Show has suffered from declining ratings compared to his old BBC1 chat show Friday Night With Jonathan Ross and compared to his Friday night BBC1 successor Graham Norton.
It’s been announced the seventh series of The Jonathan Ross Show will air this year with Jonathan Ross telling The Sun “we’ll be shaking up the format of the show in October… that will be the first big shake-up in a while… we do it every six years to keep the show fresh”.
It was thought the programme was going to be cancelled by ITV in 2013 until they announced they had commissioned it for a further two series.
Some would say the decline in ratings is down to the guests booked to appear on the programme. Speaking of this, Ross told The Sun “we’re still striving to get top guests” and we should “expect a few new surprises”.
He also said “it will be a shorter run this time, so I’ll get a little time to rest”.
The Jonathan Ross Show debuted on ITV in September 2011 with the first episode attracting an audience of 4.25 million viewers – series six finished in March this year with an audience of 2.72 million.
Digital Spy – “Jonathan Ross: ‘Shake-up will keep chat show fresh'”
Jonathan Ross has signed a new deal with ITV. His previous contract with ITV was only valid for 2 years and was due to expire next year.
According to The Guardian, Jonathan’s new deal is worth just under £2m and signs him exclusively to ITV, apart from his duties hosting the Comedy Awards for Channel 4.
His ITV1 talk show The Jonathan Ross Show will air through to the end of 2013 (three more series consisting of 10 episodes per series).
The Guardian – “Jonathan Ross signs new ITV deal”
Jonathan Ross and Graham Norton are both nominated for Best Talk Show at the National TV Awards.
Jonathan Ross is nominated for his old Friday Night show whereas Graham Norton is nominated for his own talk show which replaced Jonathan’s on BBC1 Friday nights in the same timeslot when Friday Night With Jonathan Ross ended last year.
The National TV Awards take place in January.
BBC News – “Graham Norton battles Jonathan Ross for TV award”
Jonathan Ross was a guest on The Chris Moyles Show this morning on BBC Radio 1.
He was on the show to promote his forthcoming ITV1 talk show which starts this Saturday.
You can listen to the show on iPlayer until Wednesday morning (Jonathan Ross is on approximately 1 hr 15 mins from the end of the programme):
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