Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 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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