Jonathan Ross Signs New ITV Deal
LONDON - ITV has signed a non-exclusive deal with Jonathan Ross, understood to be worth just less than £2 million ($3.1 million), to air three more series of his ITV1 Saturday night chatshow, according to the Guardian.
Ross, whose existing two-series deal was due to expire early next year, has signed a deal that will keep The Jonathan Ross Show on ITV1 until early 2013.
According to the Guardian, Ross will front three series of 10 episodes of his chatshow, which has so far had guests including Jamie Oliver and Lady Gaga, as well as two further Christmas specials. This year's Christmas special is set to feature guests including Tom Cruise. Sources estimate that the new two-year deal is worth about £2m.
Ross signed his current deal with ITV in July last year months after quitting the BBC, where he was the corporation's highest-paid star, reportedly on about £5.7 million ($8.9 million) a year for work including his BBC1 chatshow and film review programme, and Radio 2 Saturday show.