David Beckham is set to be Jonathan Ross’ final guest on his last BBC chat show in July, according to the papers.
The Sun reports that the footballer stepped in after BBC1 chiefs banned Jonathan from making Russell Brand his final guest when the show bows out on July 16.
The pair were hoping to discuss the infamous ‘Sachsgate’ incident in which they left obscene messages on the answerphone of actor Andrew Sachs during Russell’s Radio 2 show in Autumn 2009.
However show execs vetoed the idea, fearful of more complaints from viewers. The scandal from the incident led to Russell quitting his radio show and Jonathan being suspended from the BBC for three months.
Instead Becks will top the star-studded guest list for the final show, which is also tipped to include action star Jackie Chan, veteran crooner Tom Jones, singing legend Prince and Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke.
“It’s all very top secret but Becks has been booked and he’s really excited,” a source told The Sun.
“It will be just after the World Cup so there will be plenty to talk about. Who knows – he may end up bringing the World Cup if England manage to win it.”
The final edition of Friday Night With Jonathan Ross will be screened on July 16.
The 49-year-old plans to take a two-month break before returning to work on other projects, although speculation is mounting that he will take his chat show to ITV.