On the first show in a brand new series of The Jonathan Ross Show, Jonathan speaks to music legend, Tom Jones who is celebrating 50 years in showbusiness.
The singer joined spoke to Jonathan about recent controversy surrounding his role on The Voice and his relationship with wife, Linda.
Speaking about his exit from BBC One search-for-a-singer show The Voice, Tom explained:
“Mark, my son who manages me, he got the call and I was with him at the time and so was my daughter-in-law and my granddaughter, we were walking in London… He said, ‘I may as well tell you now, they’re not renewing your contact on The Voice,’ he said, ‘How do you feel about that?’ I said, ‘I couldn’t give a [blank]’ I would have liked to have known a bit earlier because my agent is always saying, ‘Are you doing The Voice? What are we doing?’ and they always leave it to the last minute, they always did every year and then all of a sudden we’d pencilled it in thinking we were going to do it again,” he explained.
On his reaction to the judges line-up change, which was to be fair like swapping a Rolls Royce for a slightly knackered Mini Metro, Tom said:
“So I called my wife because I do because she’s in LA and I’m here – so she said to me, ‘So you’re not doing The Voice then?’ I said, ‘Well I don’t have much of a choice… I’ve been replaced’… She said, ‘by who?’ and I said, ‘By Boy Ge
orge’ and she said, ‘I hope you didn’t go off did you about Boy George?’ I said, ‘Of course not, I even said how much I like his records’ and she said, ‘Well you didn’t have to go that far!'”
With recent controversy surrounding his autobiography, Jonathan asked about Tom’s relationship with his wife, Linda and how ‘to some eyes – would seem unconventional because Linda stayed in Las Vegas or Los Angeles while you were travelling the world’ noting also that Tom was ‘sometimes [sexually] involved with other people’.
Tom smiled and Jonathan said of his reaction, ‘Well that’s a yes… but it’s quite clear to me reading this [autobiography] that she was the person you have always loved…’
“Of course and she beat me up one night you know because a thing came out in the newspaper and I think she was more bothered because it was in the press, if it had just been between us we could have dealt with it much easier.” – Tom Jones
Jonathan asked, ‘Let me ask you this question very frankly, did you have a deal? Did you ever say to her, ‘look this is what I’m doing, I love you?’ ‘
“No no no… She would chin me if I tried to say that, which she did when she found out about this one thing… It was never discussed, I was never put on the spot. Linda is a wonderful person and she would never put me on the spot. She loves being married to me and I love being married to her so whatever happened…” – Tom Jones
‘She was happy with you and she was prepared to say, ‘This is my Tom, this is our relationship, it works’ – nothing had to be implicitly stated?’ Jonathan asked.
“Right,” – Tom agreed.
Speaking about speaking his mind, Tom admitted he doesn’t worry about being controversial:
“You can’t worry about it because if you do, you’ll be worrying all the time because they’ll twist it anyway. I’m chilled about most things,”
At the end of the show, Tom performed, Take My Love, a love song. Speaking about who he thinks of when he sings, Tom admitted it would only ever be Linda.
“[Take My Love] reminds me of the time when my wife and myself when we were teenagers, we used to go dancing a lot in the dance halls in South Wales so that’s the sort of stuff we would jive to and we still have a jive now.” A lot of the songs that I do, the love songs that I do, of course it’s Linda is there and yes, she is the one. I don’t want to go on about it but she wasn’t well a while ago and she got close to… we didn’t know whether she was going to make it or not and I said to Mark [my son] I said, ‘If your mother doesn’t make it, I don’t know whether I can sing’ because a lot of the songs that I do, I think of her when I do it so it would be hard if she wasn’t there to be able to sing.”
Other guests on tonight’s show include action movie star, Vin Diesel; Olympic and World Champion, Jessica Ennis-Hill and comedy duo Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse.
The Jonathan Ross Show, tonight at 10.15pm on ITV, UTV and STV