The BBC's flagship Friday evening Jonathan Ross show, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross has been cancelled due to the star's three-month suspension without pay, and has now been replaced with the new Friday Night With Roy 'Chubby' Brown.
Ross was involved in a telephone scandal with Russell Brand on 18 October, when the pair left unacceptable and inappropriate messages on Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs' voicemail. Ross was suspended, and Brand was sacked from his Radio 2 show.
Ross earns nearly £18million a year, and is thought to be 'bothered' by the action.
Roy 'Chubby' Brown, originally from Grangetown near Middlesbrough, is the stand-up comedian that more than 350,000 people flock to see every year, and his popularity and mass-attraction is just what the BBC need to cushion the blow of losing Ross for three months.
Brown is an inventive comedian, who makes fullsome use of the English language and, much like Ross, doesn't shy away from issue that are seen by many as 'taboo'.
Friday Night With Roy 'Chubby' Brown is on BBC 1 at 10.40pm after the News.