Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Ross gets starry-eyed for the BBC

Jonathan Ross

Jonathan Ross is no stranger to stars but he will be taking a closer look at them from behind a telescope in a new BBC show.

The former chatshow host, who quit the corporation earlier this year, is returning to appear in a three-part series on BBC Two in January called Stargazing Live.

Jana Bennett, who heads the corporation's television channels, said it would offer viewers "a whistle-stop tour across the galaxy".

She said: "The show will ask amateur astronomers to provide pictures of their own for the show and I can reveal the programme will also feature a budding astronomer Jonathan Ross who is also a big gadget guy."

The show will be hosted by Professor Brian Cox and comic Dara O'Briain and viewers will be encouraged to take a closer look at the sky at night.

The announcement comes as Jonathan admitted he felt "under a lot pressure and a lot of stress" to live up to his BBC contract.

He was suspended from the BBC for three months after the Sachsgate row but appearing on ITV1's Loose Women, he said he emerged from the affair a "better person".

He said: "For the years at the BBC, even though I had a great time there and I've got only fond memories really, there was a degree of pressure. And ever since my last contract was announced - and it was a huge contract - I mean it wasn't quite what the press made it out to be, but certainly I couldn't dream of complaining. But ever since that I felt like there was a lot of pressure on me, a lot of negativity about it, and I felt kind of like, well, maybe I shouldn't be here?"

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