Jonathan Ross and Graham Norton up for awards

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”

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”
BBC Programmes – Friday Night With Jonathan Ross

Jonathan Ross signs ITV chat show deal

Jonathan Ross has signed a deal with ITV to host a chat show next year.

BBC News reports Jonathan’s new chat show will start “late next year” and Ross said he was “thrilled and excited” with the new ITV show. It will air in peak time, so this will likely mean it will be on earlier than his current 10.35pm BBC1 timeslot – perhaps 9pm. It’s not yet been confirmed which day of the week the chat show will air.

He said “I am thrilled and excited that after a short break I will be rolling up my sleeves and creating a brand new show for ITV1… I have worked successfully with most of the key figures at the network in the past and cannot wait to get back on screen with a fast, funny and unpredictable new talk show… I do have a little spare time at the beginning of 2011 though, so if England needs a temporary new manager I will consider the post seriously. Thank you”.

Jonathan’s final BBC1 episode will air on Friday 16th July, with guests including David Beckham and Mickey Rourke.

BBC News – “Jonathan Ross signs new ITV chat show deal”

Final episode of FNWJR to air next month

Friday Night With Jonathan Ross will finish next month – the final episode will air on the 16th July. Jonathan Ross is rumoured to be moving to ITV or Channel 4.

One of the guests on his final BBC1 show will be David Beckham – a source says “it’s all very top secret but Becks has been booked and he’s really excited”.

It was thought Russell Brand would appear on the final show and discuss the Sachsgate incident that got Brand fired from BBC Radio 2 & got Ross temporarily suspended, but reportedly the BBC won’t allow him on the show.

Digital Spy – “Beckham booked for final Ross show?”

Wossy replacement show held until 2011

The BBC are in no hurry to launch the replacement show for Friday Night With Jonathan Ross when Wossy quits this summer. The Sun say they’re likely to wait until January next year before launching a new chat show to replace Jonathan’s show.

The Sun report “insiders say bosses want to put some distance between the star and his successor after Wossy quits the Beeb in July”. They quote an insider – “executives aren’t planning to rush to fill Jonathan Ross’s chat show as soon as he leaves… they want some time to pass between the end of his show and the launch of a new series… if you move too quickly, Ross’s successor would continually be compared to Jonathan”.

The Sun – “BBC’s no wush to weplace Wossy”