Jonathan Ross Won't Host Hugo Awards, After Fan Outcry Sets Twitter Alight

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Jonathan Ross Won't Host Hugo Awards, After Fan Outcry Sets Twitter Alight

Bad choice for toastmaster? Possibly, but who will replace Jonathan Ross?

This year's Hugo Awards, to be held at Worldcon in London this August, is short one celebrity host. Jonathan Ross, comedian and television presenter, volunteered his time gratis but soon withdrew after the announcement of his appointment set Twitter on fire. "If Ross is toastmaster, I can predict that at least one major Hugo nominee/past winner [Seanan McGuire] who was planning to be there won't be present at the ceremony," wrote author Charles Stross, creator of the Laundry Files, "because Ross has past form for using women with weight issues as the butt of his humour. She says she doesn't feel safe, and I believe her."

She wasn't alone. While some fans were willing to accept Ross as host, many felt his past history ruled him out as a candidate. This is, after all, the man who landed the BBC with a 150,000 fine after insulting actor Andrew Sachs in an on-air radio prank call. Two radio executives and Russell Brand resigned over that one, while Ross was suspended for three months.

"It wasn't pleasant having people camp outside my house, and it wasn't pleasant people using me as a whipping boy," said Ross after Sachsgate. "But you know what? You know what? It wasn't a big deal. So what?"

Ross attempted to engage with critics on Twitter, in his characteristic style, but soon tired of it. "I have decided to withdraw from hosting the Hugo's," he Tweets, "in response to some who would rather I weren't there. Have a lovely convention." He went on to say that he had only accepted the role because he was a long-time fan of science fiction, and because Neil Gaiman had asked him.

This leaves the Hugos short one host, with no obvious candidate in sight. If you were wondering about Felicia Day or David Tennant, those suggestions have already been made and more besides. However many potential hosts are already booked solid, and August isn't that far off.

Source: Guardian

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He would have been perfect! What has anyone got against him?

Not a fan of Jonathon Ross but the outcry seems very over the top. Comedians stepping over the line is not uncommon, nobody can toe it so perfectly that they never make a mistake.

Well, cheeky charm only works when your young but makes you look like a dickhead when you get older... Take note Russell Howard, your starting to look very creepy when you have a woman on your show. It's really uncomfortable watching.

The man is terrible at interviewing people because he loves himself too much to ever let the guests speak.
I used to quite like him until he was consumed by his own ego.

Tom_green_day:
He would have been perfect! What has anyone got against him?

I think it's because at some point he made a joke about fat women and he is the only comedian in the history of forever to do so. Plus conventions these days have to have dozens of anti-bullying and anti-discrimination rules for attendees so people thought that having him host the awards would be a violation of those rules. At least that is what I can gather from the article and some of the twitter stuff.

I don't like Ross at all and tend to just ignore anything he is on rather than get outraged by his presence. I do like the suggestion people made of getting Charlie Brooker to host it though.

It is pretty sad that someone whose a genuine fan of something gets pushed of something he was offering to do for free.

I've never seen him be that offensive towards people, he was always famous for being pretty soft on his chat shows. This all seems pretty hypothetical, if people were genuinely concerned that he might make a joke about them, couldn't they have sent him an email? He's exactly the sort of guy to pull a joke in those circumstances, as long as they're not being a dick about it

haha one of the twitter responses from someone was "dont know who you are but quit trying to be funny and try being less of an asshat"

I have mixed feelings on this.

I'm attending Loncon 3 and planning to go to the Hugo Awards if I can, and I won't deny that I was less than thrilled when I heard about him being the host. He's a talented entertainer, certainly, but he can be a bit of an ass and I have no idea what connection he has to SF besides having written a couple of comics. I don't consider myself a fan, and the fact that one of the Loncon division heads actually resigned in protest when he was chosen should have sent a pretty clear message about his suitability for the role.

On the other hand, the explosion of online vitriol doesn't help the stereotypes of fan culture, and I don't like to see people being aggressively hounded out of things they were apparently looking forward to. If the fans could have stayed calm, expressed their grievances, and negotiated a change of host without resorting to openly insulting him on Twitter, it would have been a much better situation.

I'm not sad that he's gone, but I am sad about the manner of his leaving.

Good, can't stand that prick, he is as bad as a lot of American TV hosts ... never lets the guest finish a fucking sentence! I know they can only let the guest ramble about how great they are for so long but jesus, it's like they can't even finish the shortest of answers.

They can get half way through "yes" without "so tell me about that?".

I hope Felicia does it, I love her!

It's amazing, people are children. He made mistakes, no one can deny it. But how is he ever supposed to move on from it or prove that he has changed (if he has changed) if all the goddamn butthurt idiots don't let him. Society needs to learn how to forgive mistakes, and as time goes on, society feels further and further from getting to that point. It's a sad state of affairs. All those "watchdog" group people need to learn to shut the fuck up after the fact. He was punished to a grand degree already. But no, it's not enough for these people. They want blood. They are pathetic. And what's worse, they are guilty of the very thing they purport to fight. The guy was gonna do it for free, and all these people bullied and browbeat him into quitting. Fuckin' amazing.

Nerds dislike Jonathan Ross. Nerds like Felicia Day.

Yeah, crap like this makes me embarrassed to be part of its culture.

I wouldn't have given in to the angry 'protesters'. People will protest about literally anything on the internet. I would have ignored them and like any other 'internet uprising', it would have died. I mean seriously, the guy is a fan and has made some mistakes (who the hell hasn't). They fact he was willing to do it for free says a lot. Most stars wont get out of bed without some form of financial incentive.

Unfortunately:
Nerd Rage 1
Common Sense 0

I don't know the man but from what I can gather he is a tv host who is notorious for being a bit of a prick. It honestly doesn't seem like a big enough deal to bully him off the award show he was going to do for free but then again I am not the best person to make this argument. And one of the nominees was going to quit because she was scared of a fat joke? Really? Email the man or the people in charge of the show and request he doesn't make one if it's that much of a touchy subject. I understand that some people have sensitive points about themselves they rather not be addressed but come on, leaving in protest is a bit much.

F*cking despicable... Jonathan Ross had a whole TV series about Japanese culture where he spent an episode talking about how awesome he thought Ultraman was as a kid and he can't host a Sci-Fi award show (a free one, incidentally) because he makes some bad jokes sometimes? He's a celebrity who actually LIKES Science Fiction rather than casually accepting it because they were in a geeky TV series (Not aiming that at Felicia Day, she's legit as far as I've seen).

Seriously hoping this drives ticket prices up while getting a new host so the arrogant dicks of Twitter can see what they're bullsh*t brings upon them.

CaptainMarvelous:
F*cking despicable... Jonathan Ross had a whole TV series about Japanese culture where he spent an episode talking about how awesome he thought Ultraman was as a kid and he can't host a Sci-Fi award show (a free one, incidentally) because he makes some bad jokes sometimes? He's a celebrity who actually LIKES Science Fiction rather than casually accepting it because they were in a geeky TV series (Not aiming that at Felicia Day, she's legit as far as I've seen).

He also made a pretty awesome documentary once about Steve Ditko, and how he was as much the creator of Spider-Man as Stan Lee. Both Ross and Gaiman actually got to meet him in New York (off camera ofcourse).

I always liked the guy well enough and enjoyed most of what he did, but then I don't live in Britain so there you go.

I hear Jim Davison is getting poplar again these days, he might do it.

So, people complained that a bully was going to be a host, and now he isn't going to be?

This is awful...apparently. For some reason.

BrotherRool:
It is pretty sad that someone whose a genuine fan of something gets pushed of something he was offering to do for free.

Well people need to realize this isn't your usual Grammy top trends parade or any similar pop star clown show, this is actually as serious as it gets outside Nobel Prize awards and you don't give the reins to this kind of thing to the first joker that does it for free.

Chairman Miaow:
Not a fan of Jonathon Ross but the outcry seems very over the top. Comedians stepping over the line is not uncommon, nobody can toe it so perfectly that they never make a mistake.

Some would argue that that's the point of comedy.

Gotta say, as far as the last word goes, saying you were only doing it 'cos Gaiman asked you is a pretty good one.

Host made joke about large woman.

Person thought it was bullying and encouraged people to bully him out of role.

Host left role due to pressure of bullying.

Good job.

Poor guy. Everyone is entitled to an opinion of course, but its a shame hes had such a bashing over this.

My god, I had almost fooled myself into thinking the overreaction over "Sachsgate" (Holy Shit do people seriosly call it that?) couldn't get any bigger, but nope, it'll haunt this guy for the rest of his life. It's been 6 years, and it wasn't even bad to begin with.

Why? Why?

I just don't get it.

Lunncal:
My god, I had almost fooled myself into thinking the overreaction over "Sachsgate" (Holy Shit do people seriosly call it that?) couldn't get any bigger, but nope, it'll haunt this guy for the rest of his life. It's been 6 years, and it wasn't even bad to begin with.

Why? Why?

I just don't get it.

Because that's the tactic people who are interested in social justice has decided to do. To basically destroy any future opportunities for individuals not realizing they are the community from the scarlet letter.

Seriously take a moment to look online and you will find that public shaming is now the valid tactic. Send the person's information to a local newspaper, distribute the work that you find morally reprehensible to any potential employers and watch as a person's entire potential career just go up in smoke without even getting to know the person and their actual character.

Hell I remember reading on the comment section of Gameindustry.biz and because of a disagreement by a college student, you actually had other college students from the same state dig up his info and responding to developers in the comments telling them to not hire that person. And of course the devs actually told him that person that they will never work in video games and that their education was now a complete waste.

This is the foundation that has been laid since 2012 and it is only doing harm to everyone. Best to not give anyone a chance and criticize the performance after the event, when you could easily prevent the opportunity to happen in the first place.

What's probably the shittiest part of this is that all this shitstorm began because one person who had ZERO connection to anyone decided to be negative and complain. Which is why I don't like hearing stories like this. It puts people who are inherently negative and complainers as if they were in the right compared to the people who are actually positive and proactive in life trying to do some good. Yet we reward those who are negative or claim everything is done with malice with money and praise as if they are doing "good".

Man, I just can't roll my eyes hard enough. Nobody can. "A comedian that makes fat jokes?!? NO. Get outta here. No." He doesn't even make that many fat jokes. Come on, "She doesn't feel safe"? Really? To me, that says "no comedians" rather than "no Jonathan Ross."

And brining up the Sachs thing again? Come onnnnnnnnnnnn. I don't even understand why THAT joke was blown out of proportion the way it was. Wasn't that bad at all. It's weird how people focus on the jokes that aren't so bad. Frankie Boyle's most controversial jokes, the ones that get all the attention, are far from the worst. And, even worse, people start suggesting Charlie Brooker? I like Brooker more and I am on board with that, but... He has always been more offensive than Jonathan Ross. I don't get it, man! Did people just... Not find anything to complain about today? They see a guy go for a job that he really want (A job he's doing for free) and then shit on it because of a couple of things he's done in the past? A couple of fat jokes he told? A shitty prank call? I'm not his biggest fan; I think his work in comics is ok and I find him funny enough. What really bothers me about this is how much bullshit people are spouting.

The weird thing about the Sachs thing (I wont call it "Sachsgate") is it received more attention than the prank call to the hospital that Kate Middleton was in, which resulted in a woman's suicide. But that's a bit off topic.

Utter nonsense. I watched this break on Twitter and was absolutely fuming. Apart from the inherent hypocrisy of responding to bullying concerns with bullying, Ross is a huge sci-fi fan, and has often supported the community where other comedians and chat show hosts might mock it to get a cheap laugh. But no, he's not Felicia Day and once he got a bit silly with Russell Brand.

Seanan McGuire really needs to get a grip. I can't be the only person who took her complaints a bit less seriously when she followed them with a rant about how she'd volunteered to host the Hugos as well.

Good work, internet. Keep digging.

"A comedian said something mean about me, I don't feel safe."

...

You know, maybe a good world war would have a silver lining after all.

I can't believe that stupid thing with Andrew Sachs still gets mentioned. It was so blown out of proportion.
The people bitching are so overly PC and seem to have little to no sense of humour.
Hope they get a boring, stodgy and monotonous presenter, like they seem to deserve.

"because Ross has past form for using women with weight issues as the butt of his humour. She says she doesn't feel safe, and I believe her."
That line was particularly face-palm inducing.

Man, people must really hate Trey Park and Matt Stone seeing how the mock everything and not int he nicest of ways!

Another day, another group of PC idiots complaining because someone said something sort of mean years ago.

"She doesn't feel safe"

Fucking really? Over a fat joke that wasn't aimed at her? Absolutely pathetic. These people need to get some thicker skin.

I kind of hope there a people calling her fat on Twitter now to be honest.

Since when was being interested in something a competition...
oh noes you're not a 'true' fan! You might even *gasp* hurt our feeeeelings! let's go get the lynch mob and ruin it for those who don't take themselves seriously

I mean it's not as if his wife directed Stardust or anything...

looks like his career was over when the fat lady sang.
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anyways, i really dont know who that is or if he is remotely funny, but getting so much flak for a series of fat jokes is ridiculous.

I'm going to be frank.

What a bunch of Bellends.

The guy makes one joke in poor taste and now people won't shut the fuck up about it, my god.

Because I am absolutely sure none of those people have ever made a mistake.

It is quite sad though, I think Ross would have been an excellent host, as he actually has an interest in what is happening there.

I seriously do hope it gets cancelled so these gits realise that by doing this daft act, that theyre left loncon3 without a host. Or worse, I hope some no name gets it and botches the job.

lacktheknack:
"A comedian said something mean about me, I don't feel safe."

...

You know, maybe a good world war would have a silver lining after all.

You're not a comedian and that's the worst oxymoron I have ever seen, so don't go there (and no, sarcasm can't be applied here).

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