Jonathan Ross’ assessment of Brexit after vote: ‘Like a child!’

Amy Schumer admits she’s ‘knows nothing’ about Brexit in 2016

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Ross will this evening appear in the first episode of ITV’s new spin-off, ‘The Masked Dancer’. The show comes following the success of its parent programme, ‘The Masked Singer’. Panellists on the bill remain largely the same with the exception of Rita Ora who has been swapped with Strictly Come Dancing star, Oti Mabuse.

In the trailer promoting The Masked Dancer, Ross can be heard telling Oti: “I’m actually a very, very, very good dancer.”

He has said the voice of the contestants, unlike in The Masked Singer, will not be distorted.

However, competitors will only be able to say one word.

Ross has been a fixture on UK TV and radio for decades.

In 2011, ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ aired for the first time, and has been on screens ever since.

Here, Ross interviews a range of celebrities about their lives, upcoming releases of work, as well as digesting some of the news and viral trends of the week.

Strict impartiality rules at ITV means Ross has remained relatively neutral on contentious issues like politics over the years.

However, on welcoming the US comedian Amy Schumer alongside survivalist Bear Grylls in 2016, shortly after the Brexit referendum, the broadcaster appeared to slip his opinion of the vote into conversation.

Schumer admitted to “knowing nothing” about Brexit.

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Ross asked: “So you don’t even know what Brexit means?”

Schumer replied: “Is it, like, when you exit breakfast?,” to which Ross hit back: “You’re halfway there.”

The comedian went on to say that “just hearing it off the top” of her head, it didn’t seem a “great idea,” but that she didn’t “know enough about it”.

She continued: “It’s a cool name, if I heard that name I’d be like, ‘I’m for that.’

“I think maybe that’s what happened.”

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Here, Ross appeared to slip in what he thought about the referendum, and said: “Like a child’s name!” to which the audience erupted in laughter.

Schumer added: “Yes! I’m going to name my kid Brexit.”

Grylls sat awkwardly, silently smiling during the conversation.

Many in the comment section of the clip claimed Schumer was inadvertently arguing that Brexiteers were ill-informed.

One user wrote: “She has the opinion (‘off the top of my head it doesn’t sound like a great idea’) and finishes with ‘if I heard that name I’d be like, ‘I’m for that! … I think maybe that’s what happened.

“She directly says the people who voted for Brexit were mostly ignorant idiots, who didn’t even know what the word means.”

Aside from this snippet, Ross has largely kept the lid shut on his political opinions, instead prying away at those of his subjects.

However, one incident last year saw him lead the celebrity support for Emily Mailtis over her Newsnight introduction about Dominic Cummings’ flouting of lockdown rules.

He was among a number of stars who tweeted their support for Maitlis, whose speech breached the BBC’s impartiality guidelines.

More recently, Ross joked about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping down from the Royal Family and their interview with Oprah Winfrey, as he opened the socially-distanced Royal Television Society (RTS) Programme Awards.

He said: “Yes, unlike some, the RTS is keeping its royal title.”

‘The Masked Dancer’ airs tonight on ITV One at 7pm.

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