Jonathan started out his career on Channel 4's Loose Talk as a mere researcher. An unlikely TV presenter because of his trade mark lisp, Ross started his presenting career in 1987 on Channel X. A million miles from traditional chat shows, his show became an instant hit and Channel 4 commissioned another series. Simultaneously Jonathan's radio career took off after he stepped in for Janice Long on Radio 1 for a couple of weeks. Next up came a show on Branson's radio and regular stints on Radio 4's Loose Ends. By 1998 he and Chris Evans launched The Jonathan Ross Show on Virgin.
Despite, or rather thanks to, his speech impediment, Jonathan's career skyrocketed. Early shows like The Incredibly Strange Film Show in 1988 were followed by One Hour with Jonathan Ross two years later, For One Week Only and Tonight With Jonathan Ross. Jonathan was also entrusted to present the British Comedy Awards from 1991 and became Barry Norman's successor in 1999.
By 2001 Ross had well and truly taken his spot as the king of Friday night entertainment with his chat show, Friday Night With Jonathan Ross. Interviewing the biggest celebrities of the moment with apparently not a care in the world for who he offended – and we don't just mean with those ludicrous suits - Ross became more familiar with the name Ofcom than the names of his own children. Like a child who had been allowed to stay up past his bedtime, Jonathan couldn't control himself when celebrities sat on the sofa. From practically sitting on Gwenyth Paltrow to dropping homophobic quips about Hannah Montana into his shows, Ross quickly became an infamous presenter. Poor David Cameron hadn't even had a sip of water before Ross asked him whether or not he'd had a little me time while thinking about Margaret Thatcher.
In May 2003 Jonathan scooped two Sony Awards for both radio and TV work, winning Best Entertainment Presenter and a special award for achievements over the year 2002. In 2004 and 2005 he won the prestigious Television and Radio Industries Club awards for Best Radio/Digital Radio Personality of the Year, beating Nicky Campbell and Jeremy Vine hands down. What's more, in June 2005 royal recognition came knocking when he became an 'Officer of the Order of the British Empire' or OBE. He was also voted the most powerful man in broadcasting.
But in 2010 things suddenly seemed to spiral downwards for little Wossy when he and his mate Russell Brand thought it would be funny to leave an inappropriate voice message about Andrew Sachs' granddaughter on the former-Fawlty Towers star's voicemail. What's more, the prank was all done live on air. Ouch. Following the now infamous Sachs-gate scandal, Jonathon was suspended from the BBC for 12 weeks and eventually left the broadcaster. Jonathon soon became, much like Marmite, someone who was either loved or well and truly loathed – with many so disgusted by his outlandish comments they probably would have been quite happy to have seen him tarred and feathered outside of the BBC headquarters. Or at least made to walk home in his underwear. One of the two.
Wossy lives in north London with his wife, sometime TV presenter, author and paranormal investigator Jane Goldman and their three children Betty Kitten, Harvey Kirby and Honey Kinney. They share their home with an interesting selection of pets including an iguana, two salamanders, two chinchillas and a number of ferrets.