TV presenter Jonathan Ross has admitted that he doesn’t mind taking a pay cut from the BBC, as long as they let him stay on air.
Yesterday, reports emerged stating that Jonathan was facing a cut of £3 million per year from the channel.
Today Ross told The Sun:
“I love being at the BBC. I’ve been very loyal to them and they have been very loyal to me.”
“Apart from that one mistake – the infamous Sachsgate incident – I think I have served them well.
“And even then I tried my best to make amends. It has never been about the money for me. I love doing the talk show, I love doing the radio show and I love doing the film show.
“I will be happy to accept whatever offer is on the table. If they want me to stay I’ll take whatever they think is a fair offer. I’m not negotiating with them.
“I’m saying, ‘If you want me to stay, I’m here’. Really I would like to stay at the BBC so the ball is in their court.”
However Jonathan has admitted that if the BBC don’t want to keep him, he won’t be looking for other TV work. He plans to live off his wife’s screen writing income and take a well deserved two year break.
“I do understand that it is difficult and there are things that have been associated with me that are difficult – none of which were done on purpose.
“If for any reason they feel I can’t carry on then I’ll understand. It would be sad if the BBC didn’t want me but it would not be the end of the world.
“I’ve just started writing a comic book and am about to sell the film rights to a major studio. That’s what I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid – write comics.
“So I might well take a couple of years off and do that and I’ll be happy. There are lots of things I could be doing and also my wife’s career as a screenwriter has taken off and she is incredibly successful so really we’re very lucky.”