Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - In The Press

Jonathan Ross has revealed that the main reason he left the BBC earlier this year was because of the 'sheer volume of negative press' he was attracting to the broadcaster.

Metro, 3rd September 2010

And so it starts, our first Friday without Wossy. Here is some of his best interviews and moments, and a look at what happens now...

Written by Ryan Duggins. Suite 101, 23rd July 2010

The final Friday Night With Jonathan Ross easily won its slot, with 5.2m to Big Brother's 2.3m.

Written by John Plunkett. The Guardian, 19th July 2010

Jonathan Ross fans have launched a furious attack on the BBC after they were refused entry to the recording of his final show, despite holding tickets.

Written by Keri Sutherland. The Daily Mail, 18th July 2010

The media world and a legion of adoring fans were last night mourning the loss of former chat show host and Radio 2 DJ Jonathan Ross. Ross was 49-years-old and is survived by Graham Norton.

Written by Will Sturgeon. The Media Blog, 17th July 2010

David Beckham is among the guests as controversial chatshow host bows out with final show.

Written by Zoe Williams. The Guardian, 17th July 2010

As the final Friday Night with Jonathan Ross nears, here are some of his most memorable moments - for better or worse.

Written by Stuart Heritage. The Guardian, 16th July 2010

David Beckham, Roxy Music, Mickey Rourke and Jackie Chan will be the last ever guests on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross which ends tonight. After the outcry over his £6million salary, and the prank phone call to Andrew Sachs that led to his suspension (and, ironically, jump-started Sachs' career) his position at the top of the BBC totem pole had become untenable. But it's not the end of Wossy.

He's already signed a deal with ITV for a brand new show which will appear towards the end of 2011, making him the third BBC presenter, after Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley to defect to ITV recently.

The move also means he'll have presented talk shows on three different networks, having made his presenting debut in the Last Resort With Jonathan Ross on Channel 4. It was that show which first shook up the staid and stuffy British chat show by injecting satirical comedy, irreverence and a fresh, American-style vibe. That style has now become so much the norm you couldn't imagine it being any other way.

Friday nights really won't be the same without him.

Jane Simon, The Mirror, 16th July 2010

So this is it. The end. The final curtain. The last ever Friday Night with Jonathan Ross after nearly ten years on BBC1. Ross was always an acquired taste; his blokey, jokey style was too smut-centric for some, while others thought him edgy and funny. None of that matters now, of course. Ross was all too willing to assist in the implosion of his BBC career when he and Russell Brand Went Too Far and left mucky messages on a blameless Andrew Sachs's answering machine during Brand's Radio 2 show. The reaction was ridiculously overblown - the sky didn't fall in - but it was the kind of national convulsion that could end only, eventually, with Ross's departure. Tonight's final guests are David Beckham, Jackie Chan, Mickey Rourke and Roxy Music.

Alison Graham, Radio Times, 16th July 2010

It's the end of an era and not a moment too soon for many. Tonight, Jonathan Ross's rule as the BBC's most generously remunerated presenter comes to a close when he presents the last ever edition of his chat show. Once one of the sharpest hosts on television, Ross was brought low by his own failure to engage his brain before his mouth. Since "Sachsgate", a chastened Ross has been a shadow of his formerly audacious self and ratings for Friday Night have fallen by a million from their pre-scandal days. In what is bound to be a muted send-off, he's booked David Beckham and martial arts star Jackie Chan for chat and ageing rockers Roxy Music, headed by singer Bryan Ferry, for tunes.

The Daily Telegraph, 16th July 2010

For all his lapses in taste, it's hard to see a logical successor to Jonathan Ross as the BBC's flagship chat lord. Pally but vaguely presidential (the staggering volume of money that he earns must help here), he meets successful people on pretty even terms - and it's this general absence of forelock-tugging that's probably the key to his success. Tonight's show marks his parting of the ways with the BBC and sees the host meeting some fittingly high-profile names: David Beckham, Jackie Chan, Mickey Rourke, with music from his glam faves, Roxy Music.

The Guardian, 16th July 2010

Boyd Hilton was in the audience for the last, emotional Friday Night with Jonathan Ross - and explains how surprises from Roxy Music and David Beckham unfolded.

Written by Boyd Hilton. The Guardian, 16th July 2010

Jonathan Ross has recorded his final chat show for the BBC and said he was "grateful, lucky and honoured" to have worked at the corporation.

BBC News, 15th July 2010

Jonathan Ross is taping his final "Friday Night" show for the BBC after a career with the organisation spanning 13 years.

Written by Lizo Mzimba. BBC News, 14th July 2010

Eighteen series on, we take a look back at Wossy's ten most memorable moments at the top table of TV talk.

Written by Steve Berry. Yahoo, 14th July 2010

After a no-show on Ross's last ever BBC chat show, does this mean Russell Brand has put his bawdy days behind him?

Written by John Crace. The Guardian, 13th July 2010

So Jonathan Ross's BBC chat show has finished. It has ceased to be. He's off now to ITV. It's easy to knock him for Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, although he frequently knew what he was talking about...

Written by Rob Buckley. The Medium Is Not Enough, 12th July 2010

Jonathan Ross is moving to ITV with a new chat show - but it's time to retire this tired, old format, says Gerard Gilbert.

Written by Gerard Gilbert. The Independent, 12th July 2010

He shook up television entertainment in Britain and became the chatshow king. Now his fans must wait for him to return on ITV.

Written by Vanessa Thorpe. The Observer, 11th July 2010

As Jonathan Ross leaves the BBC for ITV, we look at the evolution of the TV chat show.

Written by Stephen Armstrong. The Daily Telegraph, 10th July 2010

From 4 Poofs And A Piano to I Blame Coco - who will give these poor folk airtime now that Wossy has left the BBC?

Written by Rob Fitzpatrick. The Guardian, 10th July 2010

It's the end of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross - but what made the BBC hire him as an interviewer in the first place?

Written by Andrew Pettie. The Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2010

TV's decision to sign up Jonathan Ross for a prime-time chat show is a magnanimous one.

In January, the foul-mouthed presenter announced Hayley Mills, the actress, as a guest on his Radio 2 show by saying: "She's now on ITV, which, I think, must be some sort of punishment."

Not all of his new colleagues may greet him with open arms. "Viewers have been put off watching Ross because he is beyond a joke,'' Lizzie Cundy, the presenter of ITV at the Movies, told Mandrake in 2008, after his suspension from the BBC for his shameful harassment of the actor Andrew Sachs, 80.

"On our show, we're not rude or condescending to anyone. We do nice interviews and don't make any crude comments. Angelina [Jolie] was meant to be on the Ross show, but she's coming over to us."

Tim Walker, The Daily Telegraph, 8th July 2010

Jonathan Ross takes on exuberant comedian and actor Robin Williams this week. It's been a while since Williams has carried a hit film, but his quick wit and improvisational flair should make him the perfect chat-show guest. Model and entrepreneur Elle Macpherson, the new host of Britain's Next Top Model, also joins Ross. Australian musician and comic Tim Minchin completes the line-up.

Toby Dantzic, The Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 2010

Jonathan Ross has revealed that he is planning to take a break from television after he leaves the BBC.

Written by Daniel Kilkelly. Digital Spy, 28th June 2010

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