Jonathan Ross has announced he is leaving the BBC, after 13 years working for the corporation.
Ross, 49, who is one of the BBC's highest paid stars, said in a statement he had decided not to renegotiate his contract when it ends in July.
The star added that his decision to leave was not "financially motivated".
In 2008, the controversial host was suspended for making a series of phone calls to actor Andrew Sachs on Russell Brand's Radio 2 show.
One of the biggest stars at the BBC, Ross currently hosts his own Friday night chat show, Radio 2 show and a film review programme.
It was reported that his BBC contract, which secured his services until July 2010, was worth an unconfirmed £18m.
But it was expected that Ross would be asked to follow other big stars at the BBC, such as Bruce Forsyth and Chris Moyles, and accept a pay cut.
"Although I have had a wonderful time working for the BBC, and am very proud of the shows I have made while there, over the last two weeks I have decided not to re-negotiate when my current contract comes to an end," he said.
Working at the BBC has been a tremendous privilege, and I would like to thank everyone who has watched and listened so loyally over the last 13 years.
"While there, I have worked with some of the nicest and most talented people in the industry and had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest stars in the world, and am grateful to the BBC for such a marvellous experience.
"I would like to make it perfectly clear that no negotiations ever took place and that my decision is not financially motivated.
Very sad news for all his fans, and the ratings don't lie - he has quite a few! The BBC have made it clear they are gonna pander to the minority of serial offendees, so no great surprise.
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