In a surprise announcement Jonathan Ross has said he won’t be renewing his contract with the BBC when it runs out this July. Jonathan has been with the BBC for 13 years. He says the decision is not “financially motivated”. He currently hosts Friday Night With Jonathan Ross on BBC1, Film 2010 on BBC1 and a BBC Radio 2 show. He posted on his Twitter page “my day is turning out to be far more interesting then I had anticipated” and “I feel sad that i can’t keep making the shows so many of you love”.
BBC Vision director Jana Bennett says “Jonathan is an extremely talented broadcaster and his programmes for BBC TV and Radio have been a great success… However, it’s been a difficult year for him and I understand why he feels it’s the right thing to do… I’m pleased that Jonathan will continue to apply his considerable abilities to the remaining six months of Friday Night, Film 2010 and his Radio 2 show, and I’m delighted that he will continue to present the BAFTA awards and Comic Relief for BBC Television”.
It’s not known who will replace Jonathan in the Friday night BBC1 chat show timeslot, but surely Graham Norton has to be a front runner? It’s not known what the motivation is behind leaving the BBC but he may be looking to move on to US television as he recently appeared as a guest on the Chelsea Lately talk show.