The chat show host was honoured with a special recognition prize at the National Television Awards and revealed he loved ‘old style variety acts’.
Jonathan said: “I love Britain’s Got Talent, I love all the talent shows on TV. If Cowell ever asked me I would definitely do it if I had the time.”
He said he’d been lucky to win a few titles during his career, but he was now putting them ‘to one side’ to make room for the awards won by his screenwriter wife Jane Goldman.
Jonathan said he was ‘humbled’ to receive the special recognition award, adding: “I’m amazed, like so many of you are, that I’m still working.”
He then went on to thank his wife who he met 25 years ago, all those who have appeared on his show and all those who have ever watched his show.
The former Radio 2 DJ, whose career on the station ended with the Sachsgate scandal, later said backstage that he would love to go back to radio.
He said: “I was offered a show last year, a breakfast show, but it was a combination of not necessarily being the right channel for me and a lot of work.”
The star added that it was ‘genuinely touching’ to get the award from Sir Bruce Forsyth and thanked his rival, Graham Norton, for his ‘generous’ praise.