Jonathan Ross chats to ITV
Jonathan Ross has landed his own prime-time chatshow on ITV1, which will start late next year and run for 18 episodes
Jonathan Ross has landed his own prime-time chatshow on ITV1.
The talkshow host - whose final episode of BBC One's 'Friday Night with Jonathan Ross' airs next week on July 16 - has signed a new contract to produce an 18-part "fast, funny, and unpredictable new talk show" which will air from late 2011 until early 2012.
He said: "I am thrilled and excited that after a short break I will be rolling up my sleeves and creating a brand new show for ITV1. I have worked successfully with most of the key figures at the network in the past and cannot wait to get back on screen with a fast, funny, and unpredictable new talk show. I do have a little spare time at the beginning of 2011 though, so if England needs a temporary new manager I will consider the post seriously. Thank you."
While he is looking forward to starting work on the new show, Jonathan still plans to take a 12-month break first so he can work on writing comic books.
He tweeted: "Thanks for all the congrats regarding ITV show. Am still taking year off first though. These comics won't write themselves... (sic)"
It is believed he has been paid just under £1 million for the series, which will be co-produced by ITV Studios and his own company, Hot Sauce.
Peter Fincham, director of television at ITV, said: "From Hollywood stars through to British politicians, Jonathan Ross has interviewed them all and has long established himself as the pre-eminent chatshow host of his generation."
Jonathan - who will record his last radio show on BBC Radio Two on July 17 - quit the network earlier this year.