Former Radio 2 presenter Jonathan Ross is returning to the station for a brief stint, almost six years after the so-called Sachsgate controversy that led to him and host Russell Brand being suspended by the BBC.
Ross will provide holiday cover for Steve Wright, filling in for four days – from Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 August – on his afternoon music and chat show.
“Jonathan is an experienced and talented broadcaster who presented on Radio 2 for ten years and was very popular with our audience,” a BBC spokesperson told RadioTimes.com. “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.”
Ross and Brand were suspended by the BBC in October 2008, pending an Ofcom investigation, after they were heard leaving lewd phone messages on the answer machine of Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs in an episode of The Russell Brand Show broadcast on Radio 2.
Brand subsequently resigned while Ross went back to work, hosting the last edition of his own Saturday morning Radio 2 show in July 2010, shortly before leaving the BBC having decided not to renegotiate his contract.
Despite Ross’s forthcoming return to the station, the BBC spokesperson said there were no immediate plans for him to resume as a presenter full-time.
“Jonathan is returning for this one-off stint of holiday cover for Steve Wright. There are no current plans to bring him back permanently.”