Masked Singer’s Jonathan Ross’ life – controversies, model daughter and marriage

For years Jonathan Ross has commanded howls of laughter while on stage or presenting a host of shows, including his own The Jonathan Ross Show.

He's said to have been paid around £16million a year while working at the BBC and even once self-proclaimed that he is "worth 1,000 BBC reporters" at a time when many were being made redundant.

Along with this, he has had many controversies over the years which involved the royals, pranks gone wrong, and even annoying the Prime Minister.

Here's a look back at Jonathan's off-screen life…

The prank calls row

One of Jonathan's most explosive controversies was during an episode of The Russell Brand Show in 2008.

It was broadcasted on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday, October 18, and is likely a date Jonathan will not forget.

During this episode, it saw comedian Russell Brand and Jonathan, who was the presenter at the time, make prank calls to actor Andrew Sachs.

It led to much controversy after the pair called Sachs to interview him on-air but when he did not answer, they left a series of rather lewd and offensive messages on his answering machine.

These included graphic comments about Brand's relationship with Sachs' granddaughter, Georgina Baillie.

At first, the episode received not that much attention and the comments went unnoticed until an article slamming the episode was published in The Mail on Sunday nearly three weeks later on October 26.

It then blew up into wider criticism for the pair and became famously known as both Sachsgate and Manuelgate.

Even the Prime Minister at the time, Gordon Brown, criticised the pair's actions – along with a host of other Members of Parliament.

It saw the TV watchdog launch an official investigation into the incident after it received a record number of complaints.

Following this, Russell and Radio 2 controller Lesley Douglas resigned from the BBC.

Jonathan was suspended without pay for 12 weeks on October 30 and the BBC received a fine of £150,000 from Ofcom.

Fearne Cotton and Prince Harry odd sex quip

On The Jonathan Ross Show in 2007 he came under fire after he made some rather bizarre sex-related remarks while interviewing Fearne Cotton.

Jonathan was quizzing Fearne after she had just interviewed Prince William and Prince Harry.

He first struck a nerve when he made a comment regarding the dress she was wearing on the show.

The BBC star then went on a rant about how he thought the Princes were looking at Fearne in a certain way.

Jonathan said: "Looking at the way they talk to you I can see they find you attractive.

"They are not making much eye contact, look at the body language.

"Wills is looking down very embarrassed and Harry is virtually t****** himself off.

"I'm sorry I shouldn't say that I should say t****** oneself off…There goes the Knighthood!"

The presenter then said: "But then they like, well Harry certainly likes, quite sluttish women."

Awkward comment about Madonna's adopted son

There are not many people in this world who would likely stare Madonna in the face and make a very awkward remark but Jonathan Ross was certainly one of them.

When presenting the British Comedy Awards in 2006, the Queen of Pop came on stage to help the comedian present a gong.

As she came onto the stage, Jonathan shouted: "Congratulations on your lovely little black baby David."

Despite the awkwardness and the later criticism which followed, Madonna replied cooly: "You might be going home with a black eye."

The star had just adopted her son David from Malawi.

It appears not to have ruined the pair's relationship as in 2015 Madonna appeared on his show to give an interview.

His model daughter's antics

Jonathan's 23-year-old daughter Honey Ross is very much like her famous father – she's not afraid to be bold.

Honey, who Jonathan shares with his wife Jane Goldman, has said that following a life of "toxic" diets she is now living her best life as a plus-size model.

She can regularly be seen posing completely naked on her Instagram account in her very pink and girly bedroom.

The star has been known for years to speak on body positivity and appeared on Loose Women in August 2020 to talk about her toxic diets.

She told the panel: "From a young age, I felt I didn't have any control over my image.

"I felt I didn't have a place to carve out my own identity. I found Instagram and I was like, I can express myself and show people who I really am.

"It was a way for me to figure myself out better. I have parents who were raised in the same society as all of us."

Honey added: "They saw me, a teenage girl coming home saying, I hate my body.

"They tried to give me solutions to a problem I brought to them, which was to lose weight. They presented me with diets and diets, as we know, don't work and are absolutely toxic.

"My advice to parents is keep that as far away from your children as possible, if you want them to have a good relationship with food and their bodies growing up do not shame them."

His adoring marriage

Jonathan and his beloved wife Jane Goldman have shared 32 years of marriage.

In August 1988 the pair wed and have gone on to have three children together.

They are Betty Kitten, 29, Harvey Kirby, 26, and 23-year-old Honey Kinny.

The pair also have a 10 year age gap between them and met when Jane was 16 and Jonathan was 26.

Jane has previously recalled how they met at an event when she was starting out as a budding showbiz reporter at the start of her own journalism career.

At the time she says Jonathan's first show had only been on the air for a few weeks.

She told The Times back in 2012 that she "can’t remember" what she said to her future husband in their first meeting.

Jane told the publication: "I met Jonathan at some sort of promotional event.

"He’d just started his show The Last Resort. He’d only been doing it for two weeks, I think.

"I can’t remember what we talked about. I wish I could.

"Honey’s always asking me that, but I really can’t remember.

"I think I invited him to some other thing, hoping to see him again. Maybe I was less socially awkward back then."

Jonathan admitted on the Loose Women in 2015 that he acted very much as a parent figure to his wife when they first got together.

"When we first got together, she was very young… I wasn't that old but I was considerably older and she came straight from home with her parents.

"And I think the relationship carried on, I was sort of a parent figure as well as a husband."

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