YOU know what's even cheaper than giving Jonathan Ross a 40% paycut? Sacking the fucker, licence payers said last night.
As BBC bosses said they would be forced to slash the salaries of some of the corporation's highest paid stars, viewers across the country wanted to know exactly what they were waiting for.
Margaret Gerving, from Doncaster, said: "You mean to say the BBC is short of cash after allowing a long list of talentless hacks to decide their own multi-million pound salaries? I find that very difficult to believe.
"Like everyone else, I just assumed they had finally run out of money after filming hour after hour after hour after hour – after hour – of people you would not normally associate with dancing."
Tom Logan, from Finsbury Park, said: "I know there are some people who think Jonathan Ross, Jeremy Clarkson and Graham Norton add meaning and colour to their lives, but the thing you have to remember about those people is, they're stupid and wrong.
"At first it may seem a bit odd that Jonathan Ross is not on the telly anymore, but after a couple of days no-one – and I do mean absolutely no-one – will care."
He added: "I suppose Jonathan Ross could go back to being a researcher for a production company which is what he should have been doing all along if television wasn't run by total bastards."
Bill McKay, from Peterborough, volunteered his services to the BBC stressing he had thought about it constantly for over a month and had come to the unavoidable conclusion that he could not possibly be less talented than Jonathan Ross.
"So it's basically two hours a week asking dead-eyed celebrities about their piece-of-shit films and reading out some funny-but-true stories on Radio Two? I'll do it for a fifty grand.
"That should still leave me plenty of time to do voice-overs and enjoy a very comfortable standard of living."
He added: "And I promise to try my absolute level best not to use my two hours a week to phone-up a nice old man and offer to wank him into a cup."