Ross was catapulted into the headlines when he appeared on comedian Russell Brand’s radio show and made a prank call to Sachs’ grand-daughter. He was also at the centre of the row over high salaried BBC employees for his estimated £6m a year, three year deal.
His departure will create a headache for the BBC as his BBC 1 show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross is one of the lynchpins of its schedule. He also hosts a Saturday morning show on BBC Radio 2 and a film review programme.
An announcement from the BBC is expected shortly. It’s not yet known if Ross is jumping ship to another broadcaster
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