The BBC has become scared of taking risks, says Jonathan Ross

Jonathan Ross says the BBC is scared of risks credit:Bang Showbiz
Jonathan Ross says the BBC is scared of risks credit:Bang Showbiz

Jonathan Ross thinks the BBC has become scared of taking "risks".

The TV star has accused the broadcaster of being reluctant to try new things since the Sachsgate scandal, when he and Russell Brand left rude messages on the answering machine of actor Andrew Sachs in 2008.

Jonathan, 61, told Dermot O’Leary on his ‘People, Just People’ podcast: "I wish it was a little bit more interesting. A lot of the time it feels like they don’t take risks any more, which they used to.

"Obviously I’m part of the reason they don’t do that any more, because of the huge cock-up of me and Russell on his show.

"It’s one of the reasons they allowed themselves to be beaten back into a position of ‘Oh, don’t take risks, don’t take chances.'"

Jonathan understands the BBC's position, but he admits to turning away from the broadcaster because of its risk-averse approach.

The TV star - who previously hosted his own show on BBC Radio 2 - shared: "To an extent I sympathise with that, but at the same time that’s why I don’t listen a lot."

Despite the scandal and ensuing public outrage, Jonathan thinks the incident was actually "blown out of proportion".

Explaining his reaction to the controversy, Jonathan said: "I didn’t want the people who were going for me and going for Russell to win. That would have been their victory.

"I didn’t want to throw anyone under the bus, but after the recording I actually said. ‘You know, you can’t put that out unless we have his [Sachs’s] permission?' ... that’s why the BBC couldn’t fire me."

Despite this, Jonathan was suspended without pay for 12 weeks and the BBC was fined £150,000 by the regulator Ofcom.