Jonathan Ross to host new ITV chat show
Story by Jack Foley
JONATHAN Ross is to present a new chat show for rival channel ITV, it has been announced.
The news comes as the popular comedian and film buff prepares to present the final episode of his BBC1 chat show, Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, on July 16.
Ross, who will also be vacating his reviewers’ seat on the Film 2010 programme, said he was “thrilled and excited” with his new ITV series, which is due to commence late next year (2011).
The presenter announced in January that he would be leaving the BBC after 13 years with the corporation. In addition to his TV commitments, he will also give up his Radio 2 show.
Commenting on the new show, Ross said: “I’m 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.”
ITV chiefs have confirmed that the new series will air in a peak-time slot.
The final Friday Night With Jonathan Ross will feature interviews with David Beckham and Hollywood star Jackie Chan among its line-up.