Jonathan Ross signs to deal to host British Comedy Awards

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 April 2013
Jonathan Ross

Jonathan Ross

Jonathan Ross has signed a two-year deal to continue hosting The British Comedy Awards

Jonathan Ross has signed a deal to continue to host The British Comedy Awards.

The outspoken presenter has put pen to paper on a two-year deal to front the annual prize-giving ceremony which is screened by Channel 4 live.

Jonathan is delighted to continue his association with the awards, which he has fronted since 1991, although he admits it's always a wild ride controlling the room of raucous comics.

He said: "I must be mad. But bring it on! It's always fun, and I wouldn't miss it for the world."

Channel 4 Head of Entertainment Justin Gorman is also thrilled to have secured Jonathan's services and has announced that the station will continue to be the home of The British Comedy Awards, which it has aired since 2010.

Gorman said: "Jonathan has the experience and countless wit and whiles to command a roomful of hopeful and expectant comedians in what tends to be a lively night in the comedy calendar. We are delighted that Jonathan has agreed to continue his role as host and look forward to the night."

Michael Parkinson presented the inaugural ceremony at the London Palladium in December 1990, before handing over duties to Jonathan.

However, the chat show host pulled out of presenting the 2008 ceremony following the controversy that surrounded the prank telephone calls he made to actor Andrew Sachs with Russell Brand on the comedian's radio show.

The pair left lewd answer machine messages to the 'Fawlty Towers' star about Brand having sex with his granddaughter.

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