Jason Manford quits The One Show
Jason Manford has quit 'The One Show' after admitting to sending saucy internet messages to 12 female fans
Jason Manford has quit 'The One Show' after admitting to saucy internet sessions with female fans.
The 29-year-old comedian has confessed to spending hours in hotel rooms chatting to scantily-clad fans via twitter and video calls on Skype.
He said: "If I was reading this about someone else, I'd think, 'What an a***hole. How can he look at himself in the mirror?' There were ten or 12 people flirting and then with a few it went over the line.
"We would start off flirty, then innuendo and then a bit saucy. There were moments when I thought, 'I shouldn't be saying that'. It was nice to have some interaction I suppose. But the next morning I would wake up and think, 'F**k. Oh my God.'"
Jason - who is expecting his third child with wife Catherine in just three weeks time - handed his resignation to BBC bosses, saying he needs to concentrate "on family and tour commitments".
'The One Show' will not be screened tonight because of the Children In Need charity telethon and producers - who hired the star four months ago following Adrian Chiles' departure from the BBC - are now considering whether to broadcast Jason's pre-recorded material for the fundraising event.
Jason added to The Sun newspaper: "The fundamental thing is I was a d***head. My wife has called me a d***head. We have had a serious sit-down about it and agreed that what we've got is worth fighting for. She's fine and we're fine.
"All I ever wanted was to have a family and I've risked it all for some girls online."
Jason's resignation comes two weeks after it was revealed he had sent private sexual messages to 22-year-old Debra McNamee via via twitter.
A BBC spokesperson said: "We have got nothing to say except that we accept Jason's decision."