Jonathan Ross feared BBC damage
Jonathan Ross admits he worried he would ''instrumentally damage'' the BBC if he continued working there
Jonathan Ross worried he would "instrumentally damage" the BBC.
The chatshow host - whose final episode of 'Friday Night with Jonathan Ross' will air tonight (16.07.10) - admits he was sad to leave the network after 10 years, but admits he needed to work on something new after the controversy caused by an expletive-filled telephone call he made to TV veteran Andrew Sachs live on the Radio 2 in 2008.
He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Genuinely, I love being here. I've said stupid things in the past but it's been great to know the guys were covering my back.
"Never in TV have I felt like that, over the last 10 years it was a lovely place to be. It has been difficult. But if I ever instrumentally damaged the BBC then I would hate myself forever.
"If I had stayed any longer I think the show would have suffered. And I'm glad I'm going out on a high."
Guests on his final episode included David Beckham, Mickey Rourke, Jackie Chan and Roxy Music.
Jonathan has praised them for helping make his send-off an evening he won't forget.
He added: "It's been a fabulous time for me here. I hated that I even got remotely emotional tonight. It's probably better I leave now, on a high.
"The guests on the show were just great. David Beckham has given me his home phone number for my leaving gift, so I can call him whenever I want - in fact, he's asked for the Four Poofs and a Piano to go back to his dressing room to see him!"
Following a year break to focus on writing comic books, Jonathan will move to ITV in 2011 with a new talk show.