Tom Cruise will appear on Jonathan Ross’s comeback TV chat show, the BBC has said.

There was media speculation the Hollywood star had turned down an invitation to take part because of the presenter’s part in the Andrew Sachs lewd phone calls row, while other reports suggested Cruise was only available to shoot in the afternoon.

But it has been confirmed that Cruise will join previously-confirmed guests Stephen Fry and Lee Evans when Friday Night With Jonathan Ross returns to BBC1 on January 23.

Franz Ferdinand will also perform their new single, Ulysses, live in the studio.

Cruise is promoting his new film Valkyrie, in which he stars alongside Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Izzard. He has not appeared on the chat show before, although Ross has previously interviewed him for his BBC film programme.

The BBC suspended Ross for 12 weeks without pay in October after he and fellow DJ Russel Brand left obscene messages on Sachs’s answerphone.

But in December Ross was cleared to keep his £6 million-a-year contract by the corporation’s governing body. His Radio 2 show will return on January 24 and he will resume presenting BBC One’s Film 2009 on January 26.

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