Jonathan Ross said he was “grateful, lucky and honoured” to have worked at the BBC as he recorded his last chat show for the corporation.
As the recording drew to a close, the star thanked all the guests who had appeared during the programme’s 10-year run, saying: “At least 95 per cent of them were great.”
He added: “It’s been a remarkable period of my TV career, being here at the BBC – I’ve worked with just about the best crew and I hope you all know how much it’s meant to me to have you guys here because I’ve felt supported… you’re just the best people.”
The presenter went on: “The experience I’ve had here at the BBC has been a blessed one.
“I’ve never come in here feeling anything other than grateful, lucky and honoured… so thank-you.”
As he started the show for the last time, he admitted: “I promised Morrissey I wasn’t going to cry.”
David Beckham was among the guests on the last Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, which airs at 10.35pm this Friday on BBC One.
The footballer refused to blame Fabio Capello for England’s disastrous performance in the World Cup and also spoke about his trip to visit British troops in Afghanistan.
It was announced last week that Ross has signed a deal to present a chat show for ITV, which will air in a peak-time slot from late next year.
His long-running Radio 2 show will also end this month.