Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Ross didn't want new radio job

Jonathan Ross says he doesn't make his family sit and watch his TV chat show

Jonathan Ross has said he turned down a return to radio.

The chat show host quit his Radio 2 slot, as well as his TV chat show on the BBC, following the so-called "Sachsgate" affair in which he and Russell Brand left lewd messages for actor Andrew Sachs

He told the Radio Times: "I've just turned down this huge radio gig.

"I'm very lucky that I'm in the position that I can turn down a big job."

The chat show host, who is married to screenwriter Jane Goldman, said: "A lot of people can't. I'm enjoying writing my comic books - why walk into another big commitment like a daily radio show? We are lucky in that Jane's career [as a screenwriter] is going so well that if I needed to, I could probably retire."

Jonathan said that he didn't watch back his own ITV chat shows.

"I do record them. I don't tend to watch them that much, to be honest with you. I've never been someone who forces the family to watch my show, unless it's a guest they want to see," he told the magazine.

"So when Taylor Swift came on, my daughter Honey wanted to come and watch but she had a terrible cold. I didn't really want to be responsible for halting Taylor Swift's global tour by giving her a bug, so we all watched it back later."

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