Ross told the Guardian he was feeling relieved after deciding to quit the BBC. He said the corporation had changed dramatically and the people running it were always concerned about the comments of newspapers and the government.
Ross said the media furore over his obscene prank call to Andrew Sachs was "quite entertaining". He decided not to renew his contract just months after the BBC suspended him for three months without pay, for making inappropriate comments about Sachs' 23-year-old granddaughter, Georgina Baillie.
Although his contract ends in July, he will continue to host BBC specials including Comic Relief and the BAFTA Film Awards. Ross is understood to have received offers from two other UK broadcasters.