Jonathan Ross apologises for Sachsgate scandal in TV return
Jonathan Ross returned to work yesterday to record his Friday night chat show, following the Sachsgate scandal, and welcomed his audience back quipping, ‘So, where were we?’
The shamed TV presenter was back on top form for his first show, cracking jokes at George Bush’s expense and even poking fun at himself saying: ‘What sort of an idiot would say these things knowing they are going to be broadcast?’
The 48-year-old took time to show his remorse, however, telling the audience he aimed to be ‘more aware of the responsbility’ from now on when playing practical jokes and recognised it was ‘a great privilege’ to be ‘allowed this level of freedom to communicate’.
Ross spoke candidly admitting working for the Beeb was ‘something I’ve always enjoyed and I value enormously’.
Ross’s return to the show drew in an A-list line-up of guests with Tom Cruise, Stephen Fry and Franz Ferdinand all putting in an appearance.
Cruise, in town to promote his latest movie, Valkyrie, about the Nazis who tried to bring down Hitler, revealed he’d like to take on a musical film for his next role: ‘We’ll see if I can sing and dance. I might fall on my face,’ he said. We can’t quite see it ourselves…
Speaking to the Guardian, Franz Ferdinand frontman, Alex Kapranos, said he thought Ross had got the tone ‘just right’.
Audience member, Mandy, from Bournemouth said: ‘He didn’t come across as the tamer Jonathan Ross, he came across as the Jonathan Ross we all know and that’s why we tune in on a Friday night – I think he was excellent.
She added: ‘I think he’ll definitely keep on the right side of the line, he won’t be upsetting people or saying things that are personal.’