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Ross: I can't match US chat shows

Published 31/07/2014 | 13:24

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Jonathan Ross doesn't think he can compete with American chat show hosts

Jonathan Ross has said he would never consider working in the US - because he doesn't think he can compete with their chat show hosts.

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The 53-year-old TV presenter - who has three children with scriptwriter wife Jane Goldman - told The Sun he wouldn't want to movie across the pond because he doesn't want to uproot his family and he wouldn't like to attempt to rival Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel.

Speaking from an event he was hosting in Los Angeles, Jonathan said: "I wouldn't consider moving here for work.

"I'd consider moving here because my wife has so much work in the US now. She writes big movies for big studios.

"But really our life is in the UK. It's where my kids go to school.

"Years ago, I was offered a show here. We didn't come over because the kids were growing up and happy at school.

"It's not really on my agenda, and they've got so much talent here - why would they need to look elsewhere?"

He added: "You wouldn't want to come out here and take on Jimmy [Fallon]. You're never going to be up there with him. And Jimmy Kimmel is doing great still.

"I am still really happy working in the UK."

Jonathan could be right to be cautious.

British tabloid hack Piers Morgan launched a chat show in the US in 2011 on CNN, but it was axed earlier this year due to poor ratings.

Jonathan said of his UK show: "We're perfectly happy with it, ITV is happy with it. I've just signed to do another year after the end of this year, so everything is cool."

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