Friday Night With Jonathan Ross bows out

The final episode of Friday Night With Jonathan Ross aired on Friday night.

David Beckham, Jackie Chan, Mickey Rourke and Roxy Music were guests on the final show. Ross said “I should start by saying thank you to all the guests we’ve had on over the 10 years we’ve been doing the show – at least 95 per cent of them were great”.

The BBC1 show bowed out with Jonathan saying “everyone here at the BBC has always been terrific… I’ve been lucky to work over the 10 years with the most fabulous teams… the experience I’ve had here at the BBC has been a blessed one… I’ve never come in here feeling anything other than grateful, lucky and honoured, so thank you”.

Jonathan moves to ITV to host a new primetime chat show in late 2011. The final episode of Friday Night With Jonathan Ross is available to watch on BBC iPlayer for the next few days.

BBC News – “Jonathan Ross ‘honoured’ to have worked at BBC”
BBC News – “Fans mourn Jonathan Ross’s final show”
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Friday Night comeback for Jonathan Ross

Jonathan Ross returned to the BBC on Friday for Friday Night With Jonathan Ross. The guests for the comeback show were actor Tom Cruise, TV personality Stephen Fry, comedian Lee Evans and music from Franz Ferdinand who performed their new single Ulysses.

At the beginning of the programme, Jonathan quipped “So where were we?” and gave an on-air apology over the ‘Sachsgate’ incident. The first show back since Jonathan’s suspension was a somewhat more ‘safe’ show – with non-offensive guests like Stephen and Lee – and Jonathan held back from swearing or any sexual innuendo.

Friday’s edition was watched by 5 million viewers. Did you watch the show? What did you think?

Kevin O’Sullivan in the Sunday Mirror said “whitewashed to within an inch of its life, the new “improved” Friday Night with Jonathan Ross was a clean-up campaigner’s dream. Mild, inoffensive and slightly dull” – do you agree?

Do you think the show’s changed since it went off-air and has become too family friendly or do you still love it? I thought it was great to have Friday Night With Jonathan Ross back on our screens.

BBC News – “Ross TV return is watched by 5.1m”
The Mirror – “Shamed TV star is back, but was it a white Woss?”
The Observer – “Jonathan was great. Shame about Tom”

Click here to watch Friday’s show in full