Jonathan Ross’s Hypocrisy

It might come as a shock to fans of Jonathan Ross that once the studio lights are dimmed, one of the BBC’s highest-paid performers is an extremely sensitive and private person. Three years ago, Mr Ross’s solicitors wrote to Fleet Street editors, passing on their client’s dismay at having been snapped by photographers while playing tennis with David Baddiel at a private members’ club. The legal letters said that publication of these pictures would constitute a breach of Mr Ross’s “right of privacy” under the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Why should Ross find such an “invasion of privacy” offensive? Certainly the chat-show host, who recently asked David Cameron if he had ever masturbated about Margaret Thatcher, failed to see the funny side. Ross’s legal threats are deadly serious, if sometimes inadvertently hilarious, particularly in light of his recent violation of Andrew Sachs’s home and family life. The man who left messages on Sachs’s answering machine taunting the actor about how Russell Brand had “f***ed” his granddaughter — and thought it hugely entertaining to broadcast the fact on radio — zealously protects his own zone of privacy. He seems to think that when it comes to offensive and invasive public behaviour, there’s one rule for him and another for his targets.

Sunday Times

Do unto others as you please and sue them if they do unto you too

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