Jonathan Ross is less pressured since leaving the BBC

by Lisa McGarry

Jonathan Ross is relieved to have left the BBC.

The chat show host – who announced he would be leaving the channel earlier this year – admitted there was a great deal of “pressure” on him while he was fronting ‘Friday Night With Jonathan Ross’.

He explained: “There was a degree of pressure. And ever since my last contract was announced – and it was a huge contact – 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?

“I talked to them on a regular basis saying, ‘Do want me to go? Should we change this?’ And it was always the answer was no. But I felt under a lot pressure and a lot of stress to live up to that, to deal with that, and I didn’t enjoy it.

The 50-year-old star – who was famously suspended by the BBC for 12 weeks in 2008 after leaving lude messages on the phone of ‘Fawlty Towers’ actor Andrew Sachs alongside Russell Brand – admitted the incident made him a “more responsible” person.

Jonathan added to ITV1’s ‘Loose Women’: “It’s forced me to become a lot more responsible. When that happened I regretted it immediately and I felt sorry immediately.

“And even now I feel sorry, but not for myself – and not for the changes it’s brought in my life, even though they’ve been fairly huge – but because it was wrong of me to make a joke about someone else’s personal life like that. If I could do anything to take it back, of course I would.

“As for the effect it had on me, in many ways – and I know this might sound wrong and I hope people don’t misinterpret it – it was probably a good thing in some ways. You know, I think I’ve come out of it a better person.”

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