It’s been confirmed that diminutive Scientologist and superstar actor Tom Cruise will be Jonathan Ross’s first guest when he returns to our screens following his three month suspension over ‘Manuelgate’ in October of last year.
Jonathan is due to return to his hosting job on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on the 23rd and as well as Cruise, Stephen Fry and Lee Evans will also be on the show.
It will be the first time that Cruise has been on Ross’s show, although he was previously interviewed by him for BBC1’s film review show. Let’s hope he doesn’t give Wossie his phone number or he may get insulting messages about Katie or Suri.
The disgraced presenter will also recommence his Radio Two show on the 24th and BBC1’s Film 2009 as of January 26th.
Personally, I think Jonathan Ross should be spending every waking moment counting his lucky BBC stars that he’s not currently having to give thought to “finding himself” or saying “I just wanted to do it for the experience” in Celebrity Big Brother and/or I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, just to pay the bills.
His crass stupidity and maladroit attempts at humour – at the expense of a man in his seventies, who has deservedly earned a reputation as a gentleman – were nothing short of juvenile. It was a completely inappropriate and insensitive prank that one might expect from a bunch of silly teenage girls who have a phone book and too much time on their hands. You wouldn’t expect it from a broadcasting ‘professional’.
At least Russell Brand had the decency to resign.
If they’d aimed this dumber-than-a-box-of-hair prank at someone who would’ve laughed along, fair enough, no harm no foul. However – and I know I’ve already said it but I think it’s worth saying again – the call was made to a well respected elderly man who probably isn’t used to arriving home to find obscene messages about his granddaughter on his answering machine. I don’t think Ross should’ve walked away so lightly.
Maybe if they’d called Chris Moyles or Lee Evans they might’ve got away with it. Maybe. But quite apart from who they called, the content of the call was at best vacuous and the last resort of a pair of pillocks who’d run out of anything intelligent to say.
Sarcasm may be the lowest form of wit but insulting answer phone messages are undoubtedly the most pathetic form of humour and an unforgivable faux pas for which I honestly think Ross should’ve been sacked or he should’ve resigned.
Needless to say, I won’t be tuning in to anything Jonathan’s on, unless it’s to hear him say “I’m wesigning”.