The BBC plans to wait until at least January 2011 before launching a new chat show to replace Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, according to reports.
The Sun says that the corporation is keen to put some distance between Ross and his successor, after the presenter leaves the BBC in July.
And the Friday night slot currently occupied by his show could be filled by programmes like the Rob Brydon panel show Would I Lie To You and the stand-up series Live At The Apollo.
“Executives aren’t planning to rush to fill Jonathan Ross’s chat show as soon as he leaves,” an insider told the paper. “They want some time to pass between the end of his show and the launch of a new series.
Things need to settle down first. They are not planning another chat show until at least the New Year and shows like Would I Lie to You? and Live at The Apollo are being looked at to fill those slots in the meantime.”
Among those initially tipped to replace Ross were comedian Michael McIntyre and chat show host Graham Norton.
However McIntyre has reportedly said he does not want to be Ross’ replacement while Norton has been told by BBC bosses that he is not in the running.