Jonathan Ross defends BBC salary: 'I was offered a better deal elsewhere'
Published Aug 31 2011, 19:41 BST | By Paul Millar Jonathan Ross
has spoken out against criticism of his multi-million pound BBC salary.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Richard Bacon, the 50-year-old presenter claimed that he had "turned down millions" to stay with the corporation instead of signing for another network.
Ross had been on a three-year contract with the BBC reportedly worth £18m for hosting Friday Night with Jonathan Ross
and his Radio 2 show.
"Sure I was paid a lot of money, but I'm not in a regular job. I'm in show business and I was at the top of my game," he said.
"When the money became such a big story in the papers, I didn't enjoy the scrutiny. I didn't think it was fair because I turned down a much bigger offer to go outside than stay at the BBC.
"So I felt odd I was painted as this greedy guy when in actual fact, I turned down millions to stay there."
Ross, who left the BBC for ITV last year
, begins his new programme The Jonathan Ross Show this Saturday at 9.30pm on ITV1
Watch a trailer for The Jonathan Ross Show