Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Jonathan Ross lines up Tom Cruise for comeback show

Jonathan Ross

Shamed presenter Jonathan Ross returned to work today after his three-month ban for making lewd comments on a radio show.

And his first task this morning was to interview Hollywood megastar Tom Cruise.

The chat show host is recording his Friday Night with Jonathan Ross show for BBC1 at the corporation’s studios in London.

Guests on the programme, to be broadcast tomorrow, include Cruise, Ross’s fellow BBC presenter Stephen Fry and comedian Lee Evans.

The show is normally recorded on a Thursday evening but Cruise’s work commitments forced the producers to schedule it for this morning.

Ross, who earns £6m a year, was suspended for three months without pay for his part in the now infamous broadcast made with fellow Radio 2 DJ Russell Brand during the latter’s radio show.

The pair left obscene messages on veteran actor Andrew Sachs’s answerphone claiming that Brand had slept with the actor’s granddaughter, Georgina Baillie.

The stunt had little immediate impact when first broadcast on October 18, but after being publicised in a national newspaper, set off a row that led to a major review of the corporation’s editorial controls.

Ross was also suspended from his Radio 2 show, while Brand resigned from Radio 2.

Cruise is due to publicise his latest move Valkyrie on Ross’s show. Last night he graced the red carpet at the movie’s UK premiere in London.

Cruise told the BBC he had been briefed about the prank.

He said: “I know a little bit about it and have done interviews with Jonathan Ross before when I’ve come here, so I’m looking forward to seeing him.” 'rossed' fetched from queue The star, who was greeted by hundreds of fans , said making the film — the true story of a plot to assassinate Hitler — was a “powerful” experience.

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