Jonathan Ross has announced he’s leaving the BBC after 13 years with the corporation.

Ross has been one of the biggest faces at the BBC over the past decade, hosting his own Friday night chat show, his Radio 2 show and a film review programme.

His salary, a reported £18 million over three years, and the scandal over actor Andrew Sachs have recently caused controversy.

Ross, 49, said in a statement that he had decided not to renegotiate his contract when it ends at the end of July.

He said: “Although I have had a wonderful time working for the BBC, and am very proud of the shows I have made while there, over the last two weeks I have decided not to re-negotiate when my current contract comes to an end.

“While there I have worked with some of the nicest and most talented people in the industry and had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest stars in the world, and am grateful to the BBC for such a marvellous experience.”

He said he would miss his shows but will continue hosting the Bafta Film Awards, Comic Relief and other BBC specials.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Graham Norton had taken a half a million pound pay cut to stay with the BBC until 2012.

The Irish presenter – who has signed the £4 million two year deal – used to get £2.5 million annually.