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Jonathan Ross bids farewell to BBC

Graham Norton to replace Ross in primetime slot as he bows down from Radio and Tv shows with the Bee

The BBC's controversial chatshow host, Jonathan Ross, bid farewell to the corporation after 13 years, during his final show with David Beckham, American actor Mickey Rourke and Chinese actor Jackie Chan, on Friday night.

He said that he was "grateful, lucky and honoured" to have worked at the corporation.

Ross, who also finished his last BBC Radio 2 show with X-Factor twins John and Edward Grime, comedian Alan Carr and singer Sir Tom Jones, said presenting the show had been a "tremendous experience" and that 90 per cent of his radio guests were "great" and only a few of them were "terrifically disappointing."

He noted that he was never ashamed of doing any show, and always felt he achieved something different from each show.

After paying tributes to the crew, Ross signed off by thanking listeners. He said that the real bond felt by listeners would always be a treasured memory.

Ross, who decided not to renew his contract with the BBC after the Sachsgate row, will present an ITV chat show from late 2011. Graham Norton will replace Ross from October.