Griff Rhys Jones withdraws from Cardiff University role

The comedian has withdrawn from becoming the university's Chancellor Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Griff Rhys Jones has withdrawn from becoming Cardiff University's new Chancellor just two weeks after an embarrassing debacle which saw his appointment halted at the last minute.

The comedian's appointment was blocked when it emerged current chancellor Sir Martin Evans was not offered the chance to be reappointed.

In a letter to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan, Jones said: "Following the recent decision of the Court of Cardiff University to refer the appointment of a new Chancellor back to the Council, I can see that it is going to need a period of reconsideration and re-evaluation.

"It may well be that the Council wants to re-offer the post to the incumbent, Sir Martin Evans. Sir Martin may decide to take it or step aside.

"I feel, however, that my presence only makes this a more complicated process for everyone concerned. I believe it better that I should withdraw.

"I can't say that I am offering my resignation. I haven't yet been appointed. But I do not want to be further considered for this post. I was honoured to be chosen."

A spokesperson for Cardiff University said: "Cardiff University is very sorry for creating the circumstances that led Griff Rhys Jones to step aside. These events were based solely on internal rules and procedures: our ongoing friendship with Griff Rhys Jones was never in question.

"We are immensely proud of Griff’s continuing work as an Honorary Fellow and Patron to our Sustainable Places Research Institute, and he remains a trusted supporter of the University.

"Council will meet to consider the nomination of a future Chancellor at a meeting on 19 May. Professor Sir Martin Evans has indicated to the Chair of Council his willingness to be considered for nomination for a further term.”