TV mogul Nigel Lythgoe has said he plans to contact Jonathan Ross about possible opportunities in the US, according to reports.

Lythgoe – currently back on UK screens as a judge in So You Think You Can Dance – worked together with Ross in the mid-90s when he was the controller of London Weekend Television Entertainment.

Since then he has produced a string of hit shows for US TV including American Idol and the US version of So You Think You Can Dance.

However Lythgoe told the BBC News website that he was not sure what Ross would want to do next.

I would have thought that quite a few stations would want him to go and join them,” he said.

“It isn’t now about money, it is just about enjoying himself and doing what he wants to do.

He added that while he planned to contact the 49-year-old about work he imagined that he would be interested in breaking into the US.

He loves his home, he loves his children, he adores his wife and I would have thought he would like to remain here,” he said.

“I think he’s smart, quick witted and very, very talented. I would have thought he just wants some time out.”

Ross announced earlier in the week that he would be leaving the BBC this summer after 13 years with the corporation.

During that time he has hosted a string of shows including Film 2010, Comic Relief and his chat show Friday Night With Jonathan Ross.