I should just move on. I’ve suffered sudden bereavement before. But I can’t help wondering whether Jonathan Ross will return to BBC 1 and Radio 2 after his three-month suspension. Jeremy Vine and Terry Wogan have apparently cast doubt on the idea.
For what it’s worth, I reckon Ross and his agent Addison Cresswell will wait to see what the BBC internal inquiry reveals on November 20 before deciding whether to return or not and that will depend on how the BBC and boss Mark Thompson handle the thing at that point.
Thompson could still exonerate himself in this ridiculous affair by saying he had to pull Ross off air because of the scale of the reaction to the faux pas on the Russell Brand Show (35,000 complaints). If Thompson blamed the newspapers and online media for stoking the reaction, rather than blaming Ross and Brand for the original broadcast, and if Thompson holds Radio 2 managers responsible for letting the stuff be broadcast, he might just come out of this with a bit of editorial integrity left.
Also for what it’s worth, those journalists who helped gun down Ross last week might just be persuaded that Ross is a talented broadcaster, even if we all agree that after nine years on Radio 2 his show had become formulaic. (So is Terry Wogan’s but millions still tune into it.) But as a TV journalist for The Sun told me last week, journos were equally keen to have a go at Addison Cresswell who is, to all intents and purposes, a pretty tricky character to deal with. Which probably makes him a rather good agent. Can he bring Ross back from the brink of obscurity for a second time in the broadcaster’s career?