In a press release, Jonathan Ross announced he would not be negotiating the renewal of his contract with the BBC. Reportedly worth £6m a year, the contract included a film review program, a Radio 2 show and of course BBC One's 'Late Night with Jonathan Ross'.
For those that haven't read the statement, here it is in full:
"Although I have had a wonderful time working for the BBC, and am very proud of the shows I have made while there, over the last two weeks I have decided not to renegotiate when my current contract comes to an end.
"While there I have worked with some of the nicest and most talented people in the industry and had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest stars in the world, and am grateful to the BBC for such a marvellous experience.
"I would like to make it perfectly clear that no negotiations ever took place and that my decision is not financially motivated.
"I signed my current contract with the BBC having turned down more lucrative offers from other channels because it was where I wanted to be and – as I have said before – would happily have stayed there for any fee they cared to offer, but there were other considerations.
"I love making my Friday night talk show, my Saturday morning radio show and the film programme, and will miss them all.
"I look forward to continuing work on these shows until the Summer, and I will continue hosting the Bafta Film Awards, Comic Relief and other BBC specials.
"Working at the BBC has been a tremendous privilege, and I would like to thank everyone who has watched and listened so loyally over the last 13 years."
A New Hope (as long as you like Graham Norton)
· Graham Norton recently signed a 2 year cotract with the BBC worth £4m. Could Ross replace the spot Norton left behind on ITV and Sky 1?
· A gap in late night talk shows means my dream of Boris Johnson hosting permanently has become even more realistic.
· With the rumoured cancellation of Top Gear, I will have no reason to watch the BBC. (Dack will, he watches 'Waterloo Road')
· How will the other terrestrial (and even digital terrestrial, which encompasses Freeview) react? Will Channel 4 award Kevin McCloud his own chat show?
Is this the end of late night talk shows for British television?
EDIT: Check this out http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8445987.stm