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'”
The Jonathan Ross Show returns for a new series this Saturday night.
The fifth series of the ITV talk show will kick off with guests Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Cilla Black and James Arthur.
Julie Walters, Frank Lampard and Dizzee Rascal will be the guests on the second show of the series on the 19th October.
Series 5 will run for ten episodes through to mid-December.
The Jonathan Ross Show airs this Saturday at 10.15pm on ITV and is repeated on Thursday at 10.35pm on ITV.
ITV have renewed The Jonathan Ross Show through to the end of 2014, it has been announced.
In addition to the new 10-episode series this autumn, ITV have signed up the show for two more series after that to air in 2014.
There had been talk of The Jonathan Ross Show ending on ITV at the end of 2013 because of low ratings, so this news has come as a bit of a surprise.
Digital Spy – “‘Jonathan Ross Show’ to return to ITV for two series in 2014”
Russell Brand will be a guest on The Jonathan Ross Show this coming Saturday (2nd February).
It will mark the first time Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand have both appeared on a TV show together since the infamous “Sachsgate” scandal in 2008 involving Brand which saw Jonathan eventually leave the BBC to start up his new ITV chat show.
The show will air at 9.45pm, Saturday, ITV.