After 13 years broadcasting across a variety of BBC shows, Jonathan Ross has announced he is to leave the corporation having decided to not re-negotiate his contract when it comes up for renewal in the summer.
The 49-year-old presenter is one of the Beeb’s highest earners and one of its most popular stars. He currently fronts his own Radio 2 show and the Friday Night With Jonathan Ross chat show, plus a film review programme.
After delivering the news that he was leaving, he stressed the decision was not motivated by money. Other top BBC personalities like Chris Moyles and Bruce Forsyth have had to take pay cuts from their salary and it was extremely likely that Ross would have had to follow suit. His current 3-year contract is reportedly worth £18 million.
Speculation is already mounting as to who will step into Jonathan’s shoes. Graham Norton singed a two-year-deal with the Beeb just this week and is one of the most likely candidates to take over Ross’s reign. Comedian Michael McIntyre was also mentioned as a possible replacement following on from the success of his Comedy Roadshow which was a big hit for the BBC.
Jonathan finished his announcement on a positive note saying that in the final 6 months of his contract he plans to make “the best shows of my career” which offered some comfort to the die-hard Wossy fans.