Jonathan Ross returns to BBC Radio 2

Jonathan Ross Jonathan Ross hosted his Saturday morning BBC Radio 2 show for more than a decade

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Jonathan Ross is to return to BBC Radio 2 for the first time in four years, sitting in for Steve Wright for four days while the DJ is on holiday.

Ross's slot comes six years after he caused a furore with Russell Brand on the station by leaving lewd answerphone messages for actor Andrew Sachs.

He was suspended for three months but then returned to the show for another 18 months before leaving the BBC.

However, Sachs' wife has described his return as "a slap in the face".

"It's highly inappropriate and I think it's disgusting," Melody Sachs told the Daily Mail.

One-off return

Ross will sit in for Wright on his afternoon slot from 26 to 29 August.

A BBC spokesman said it would be a "one-off" stint and that there were no plans for him to return permanently.

"Jonathan is an experienced and talented broadcaster who presented on Radio 2 for 10 years and was very popular with our audience," a BBC spokesman said.

"He is standing in for Steve Wright while he is on holiday and we hope listeners will enjoy listening to him on the network for these few days."

Responding to the criticism of his return, the spokesman added: "Jonathan apologised for his mistake at the time and returned to Radio 2 for a year after the incident, before leaving in 2010."


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    Comment number 258.

    What he has done to poor Andrew Sachs was in the worst of possible tastes and actually quite cruel. However, that was 6 years ago and, I assume, in the meantime Ross will have learnt his lesson. He is a rather entertaining broadcaster and quite funny, so I will be listening.

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    Comment number 251.

    Why should someone who so publicly humiliated a national icon be allowed back on the airwaves, what has he done in the last 4 years to show a capacity for admitting he did wrong.

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    Comment number 197.

    I wouldn't dream of condoning what JR did but the only thing that he hurt were feelings - wrong at the time but for goodness sake, move on and worry about something important.

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    Comment number 186.

    It's always the same 'personalities' at the BBC. It's high time for a massive shake-up. Get fresh faces in as the present lot are getting very stale. I also object to their cliqueyness and over-inflated egos.

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    Comment number 161.

    I don't like sport, dancing or baking off but I would never feel the need to demand the BBC not show them as they are meant to serve all the tastes of all the people.

    Im delighted to see Jonathan Ross back, even in a short slot and will be sure to listen in - I hope Andy returns with him! I still have a lot of the old Ross podcasts and they are still a delight to listen to!


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