TV presenter Jonathan Ross arrives at the BAFTA Television Awards 2009 at the Royal Festival Hall on April 26, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jonathan Ross (Getty Images)more pics »Jonathan Ross
is quitting the BBC. He told the press, "Although I have had a wonderful time working for the BBC, and am very proud of the shows I have made while there, over the last two weeks I have decided not to re-negotiate when my current contract comes to an end... While there I have worked with some of the nicest and most talented people in the industry and had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest stars in the world, and am grateful to the BBC for such a marvellous experience... I would like to make it perfectly clear that no negotiations ever took place and that my decision is not financially motivated. I signed my current contract with the BBC having turned down more lucrative offers from other channels because it was where I wanted to be and - as I have said before - would happily have stayed there for any fee they cared to offer, but there were other considerations... I love making my Friday night talk show, my Saturday morning radio show and the Film Programme, and will miss them all." Jonathan Ross plans to leave the BBC.
Jonathan Ross is one of the most popular on-air personalities at the BBC. He had a Friday night chat show, a Radio 2 show, and a his film review program.
The BBC has yet to announce it's plans to replace Ross. BBC creative director Alan Yentob claims that Ross' departure is not directly due to the fall-out over last year's Andrew Sachs affair.