Jonathan Ross has quit the BBC.
Like many other publications, I’ve written that first bit as a line of its own to give the whole thing a feeling of gravitas because, y’know, TV is very, very important news. Right?
On one hand, from a pop-culture perspective, the highest-paid star of the corporation leaving town is interesting enough. He’s spent 13 years with Auntie, presenting everything from charity telethons, to a chatshow, to a radio show, to Film, to a look behind the scenes of the Robin Hood series that they made.
Apparently, Wossy was on £6m a year and, after the Sachsgate row, which saw everyone wanting his and Russell Brand’s heads plunged like melons on spikes, everyone decided that he wasn’t worth the money. Apart from those who thought he was annoying in the first place.
However, away from the pop-culture perspective and back into the real world, this is almost non-news. Essentially what we’re faced with here is this: Man Leaves Job And People Watch Alternative Suggestions As A Result.
With Ross being on millions-a-year, he won’t go broke too soon and it’s almost a certainty that someone else will offer him a new gig. Sky One are probably stroking the collective cock at Sky HQ with anticipation.
The outpouring of shock around the internet and whatnot is borderline pathetic. Occasionally, Jonathan Ross seems like a decent enough bloke, but for the most part, he’s an irritant. In an act of shameless stealing from me, someone I know said that his tenure at the BBC had started to resemble a ‘televisual masons’, with Ricky Gervais cropping up every three seconds on Wossy’s lap for shits and giggles.
Anyway, Ross said in a statement that he would quit his BBC1 talkshow, his Radio 2 Saturday morning programme and his late night film programme when his contracted ended in July.
He said: “Over the last two weeks I have decided not to renegotiate when my current contract comes to an end. I would like to make it perfectly clear that no negotiations ever took place and that my decision is not financially motivated.
“I signed my current contract with the BBC having turned down more lucrative offers from other channels because it was where I wanted to be and – as I have said before – would happily have stayed there for any fee they cared to offer, but there were other considerations.”
“I love making my Friday night talkshow, my Saturday morning radio show and the Film Programme, and will miss them all. I look forward to continuing work on these shows until the summer, and I will continue hosting the Bafta Film Awards, Comic Relief and other BBC specials.”
So who is going to replace Ross in the shows he does? Well, Graham Norton is strongly tipped in the industry to take over the BBC One chatshow. Elsewhere, BBC Radio 5′s Mark Kermode is almost a cast-iron certainty to take Film 2010. The radio show on the other hand is a trickier prospect. As this is a TV website, I’ll dodge speculating and throw a “Who cares about the stupid radio anyway?” to avoid putting my neck out.
Anyway. End of an era? No, just another P45.