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Jonathan Ross's most memorable moments

After 13 years working at the BBC, TV presenter Jonathan Ross has announced he is leaving.

Here are a few memorable moments of the star's career at the corporation.


The cast of It Ain't Half Hot Mum

It is thought Ross's first appearance on BBC TV was as an extra in the comedy It Ain't Half Hot Mum in 1981.

In the episode, called The Last Roll Call, he played a soldier.

Several years later, he began his presenting career on mainstream TV.


In 1999, Ross fulfilled a life-long ambition and took over from Barry Norman as the presenter of the BBC's Film programme.

Jonathan Ross and Barry Norman

It remains the BBC's longest-running cinema review series and it has been reported that 5 live film reviewer Mark Kermode may replace the departing Ross.

Not limiting himself to just critiquing films, Ross has made a number of cameo appearances in recent years.

He appeared in the Spice Girls film Spiceworld (1997) and voiced the character of Doris in the UK version of Shrek 2 (2004).

He also appeared in Ricky Gervais's Extras in 2006.


Three years later, Ross's Friday night chat show scooped the best entertainment programme at the British Comedy Awards.

Jonathan Ross

It was the first time the star had walked away from the awards ceremony - which at the time he had hosted for 13 years - with a prize.

Accepting the award, he joked: "What took you so long?"

Since then Ross's BBC show has won three TV Bafta awards and two Royal Television Society Awards.


Ross was made an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2005, for services to broadcasting.

Jonathan Ross

He celebrated the news by playing God Save the Queen by The Sex Pistols on his Radio 2 show.

The song had originally been banned by the BBC when it was released in 1977.

That same year, the star was made a Fellow of University College London, his alma mater.


Ross's interview with David Cameron on his Friday Night chat show in 2006 was heavily criticised.

David Cameron

The BBC publicly defended Ross for asking the Conservative leader a personal and sexual question relating to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Senior Tories called for the presenter to be sacked after his comments.

Repeat showings of the interview have since been banned.


The same year, Ross was again criticised for a comment he made during an interview with Jamie Oliver, which attracted 60 complaints from viewers.

Jamie Oliver

The presenter asked the celebrity chef whether people living on council estates should be banned from giving birth.

Again, the BBC defended Ross saying the remark was "not out of character" and he is "well-known for his irreverent approach".


Fearne Cotton with Prince Harry and Prince William

In 2007, Ross was back in the newspapers for questioning Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton on a recent interview she had conducted with Princes William and Harry.

During the interview on his chat show, he suggested that the Royal brothers "fancied" the female presenter.

Referring to a picture of the three of them together he made explicit comments about Prince William's body language.


Hundreds of BBC journalists were left reeling in 2007 after Ross made a joke at the British Comedy Awards.

Jonathan Ross

The National Union of Journalists complained about a joke Ross made, referring to his reported £18m wage packet, saying he was worth "a thousand BBC journalists".

His comments were labelled "obscene" at a time when many BBC journalists faced the threat of redundancy.

He also joked about the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, saying the awards voting system had been researched with "the same forensic attention as a Portuguese police investigation".


Gwyneth Paltrow

Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow said she was offended by Ross after appearing on his chat show.

The BBC Trust also criticised the host after he told Paltrow that he would have sex with her and believed she was willing.

The Trust called the remarks "gratuitous and unnecessarily offensive".


The series of lewd phone calls made to veteran actor Andrew Sachs in 2008 was Ross's biggest controversy yet.

Andrew Sachs and Russell Brand

He was suspended for three months after recording several offensive messages on the 78-year-old's answerphone whilst a guest on comedian Russell Brand's Radio 2 show.

It prompted around 38,000 complaints to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom.

Brand resigned over the row and Ross publicly apologised.

However, in a recent appearances on Jimmy Carr's Channel 4 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Ross joked about the row, labelled "Sachsgate", several times.


Last year, Ross was accused of homophobia after a comment he made on his radio show.

He suggested that if any of his listeners sons wanted a Hannah Montana MP3 player, then they "might want to already think about putting him down for adoption in later life, when they settle down with their partner."

Around 61 people complained to Ofcom about the comment, whilst Ross denied the claims.

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