ITV has singed up former BBC star Jonathan Ross to host a revamped version of his chat show for ITV1.
“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 Ross
The new series will be broadcast in late 2011 and early 2012. Ross and the BBC decided late last year that his BBC One chat show, Friday Night With… would end after nearly ten years and eighteen series.
The programme, commissioned by ITV’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy, Elaine Bedell, will be co-produced by ITV Studios and Hotsauce. ITV have confirmed the show will be given a ‘peak time’ slot on the main network.
Ross’ relationship with the beeb became uneasy after the corporation was attacked for how much money it was paying the presenter – as well as other top BBC names like Graham Norton – and it declined further when Ross was suspended from broadcasting on BBC Radio and TV for 12 weeks in 2008 – following insults issued to the grand daughter of a once famous sitcom actor during his weekend show on BBC Radio 2.
The incident involved Ross and fellow comedian Russell Brand leaving “lewd” messages on the actor Andrew Sachs answer machine. The broadcasting of these messages sparked a record number of complaints, but only AFTER it had been publicised in a tabloid; a vast number of those who complained hadn’t even heard the actual incident.
“From Hollywood stars through to British politicians, Jonathan Ross has interviewed them all and has long established himself as the pre-eminent chat show host of his generation.” – Peter Fincham, ITV Director of Television