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Show 8
This week Jonathan is joined by record-breaking multi-platinum selling artist Ed Sheeran, celebrated celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, and chart-topping singer Rita Ora who chats and performs in the studio.
ED SHEERAN on his bicycle crash, substance abuse and the darker side of fame
RITA ORA on working with the late Carrie Fisher and the Harvey Weinstein news
GORDON RAMSAY talks about his ITV documentary and his eating habits
RUSSELL HOWARD on being mistaken for Ellen Degeneres
On this week’s episode of The Jonathan Ross Show - which airs Saturday night on ITV - Jonathan is joined by award-winning artist, Ed Sheeran; Celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay; singer and actress, Rita Ora who chats and performs; and comedian, Russell Howard.
In his first sit down interview since his recent bicycle crash, the Brit and Grammy award winning performer, Ed Sheeran, spoke to Jonathan about the accident which has seen him cancel performances on his upcoming tour.
On breaking both arms in different places, he said: “I broke my wrist, my elbow and my rib. I came off a bike quite fast, a bicycle, a pedal bike. I was in Suffolk [going down a really steep hill]. The thing is, when it happened, I got up and was like, ‘That hurt’ and then cycled to the pub. Went home, went to sleep and then woke up at five o’clock in the morning in a lot of pain. And then went to the hospital.”
He joked that he had drunk Adnams in the pub which had seemingly detracted from the pain he must have been in after the crash. 
He added: “I was with a few people. They didn’t even see the fall, they were really far in front of me. It wasn’t my bike and it was brand new brakes. I was borrowing the bike.”
He said this is the first time he has had to cancel gigs because of something affecting him directly: “I do a one man show so me not having my arms is half of the show, so I’ve had to postpone a couple of shows which sucks. It’s actually the first time I’ve ever cancelled shows… Sometimes a show has been cancelled because a promoter has done something but it’s the first time that I’ve ever actually cancelled a show.”
He said he would have wanted to try and avoid postponing the gigs but it might have affected his long term ability and career: “I did try to be like ‘I will.’ I tried to say I’ll carry on doing the shows but they said if I put any more stress on it, I might not be able to play [guitar] again so it’s good to be sensible.”
On his recovery, he said: “They are saying four weeks and then we’ll look at it.”
He admitted he didn’t wear a helmet or pads when he crashed and added: “I don’t think I’m going to cycle for a while. I’ve got quite a big tour next year.”
“There have been so many times when I’ve been in situations where I’ve been like ‘I’m going to break a bone here’ and I never have. Just before this, I shot a music video where I skied in the music video and I’m not a very good skier, I’ve only skied a couple of times. I was like, ‘Sod’s law, I’ll probably break my arm’ and then I didn’t. And then got home and then a day later did so it was probably bound to happen at some point.”
On whether he is accident prone, he said: “I’m quite a clumsy guy anyway… It’s come more since I’ve found success because I think I’m a bit more [shrugs his shoulders]. I remember before a show in 2013 I had to have 12 stitches in my hand because I was playing drums with two beer bottles at about four o’clock in the morning and smashed my hand. But I did a show after that and, it wasn’t fine, but I did a show. Then I put my foot in a boiling geyser in Iceland, I had my face cut open, I’m a very clumsy person.”
On winning ‘Best Act in the World Today’ at the Q Awards this week, Ed said: “I viewed every album I put out as the start of my career again. Because you really have to treat it as such, you put out a record and you can’t really take it for granted… So winning on each album is still quite a big deal.”
On the darker sides of fame when he started out, he admitted: “I didn’t really have any growing up time into getting famous. I’d had a long period of growing up normally but I think you need to, when you get into the industry, adjust to it and I didn’t adjust because I was constantly working on tour. And all the pitfalls that people read about, I just found myself slipping into all of them. Mostly like, substance abuse. I never touched anything. I started slipping into it and that’s why I took a year off and buggered off.”
On how he stayed away from it, he said: “I just focussed on other things. I focussed on work and I can’t work under the influence, I can’t write songs under the influence, I can’t perform under the influence so the more I worked the less [that happened]. I’ve worked my whole life to get to where I am and you can’t lose that over something that you do in your spare time. I didn’t really notice it was happening. It just started gradually happening and then some people took me to one side and were like, ‘Calm yourself down’... It’s all fun to begin with, it all starts off as a party and then you’re doing it on your own and it’s not so that was a wake up call and taking a year off. I’ve rekindled with a girl I went to highschool with and we live together now and I think that was a real help grounding me. I was a 25 year old in the music industry on tour so I just needed someone to balance me out.”
Ed also spoke about not having a phone: “I’m not into technology… If I had kids I’d have a phone but I don’t have any responsibilities. I think my generation was the last generation to not have phones when we were younger… I don’t want to sound too high and mighty but honestly, I talk to people more and I think more and it’s a good thing.”
He also admitted, he prefers being antisocial: “I did it because I don’t really like speaking to people. I like being antisocial. I have to be very sociable for my job but really I like being antisocial and locking myself away.”
Despite his global music success, he admitted his mum isn’t really a music fan herself and would prefer his stage name was his full name, Edward: “She actually gets really annoyed when people call me Ed… She doesn’t really like music. She likes mine but she has three albums that aren’t mine in her record collection.”
Singer and actress, Rita Ora, joined the sofa and spoke about working on a Harvey Weinstein movie in the past, Southpaw. 
Speaking about the news surrounding Weinstein currently, she said: “It’s insane.”
Jonathan asked: “Were you on the receiving end of any untoward behaviour or advances?”
She said: “I did not encounter that. And I value everybody’s confidence in coming out and being brave and showing their independence. And I think it’s an incredible time right now, especially in the world, to really prove yourselves and stick up for who you are and what you believe in.”
She continued: “I think it’s a huge shift that’s moving. It sucks. The world is a crazy place, life is crazy isn’t it? And you just never really know anything really do you? As long as you are honest with yourself and as long as you do the best things that you can to achieve what you want to achieve. I love my family, I do everything for my family and so I think that’s what helps me go to sleep at night.”
Rita spoke about working with the late Carrie Fisher on an independent movie, Wonderwell: “It was really sad because she actually passed away while we were filming it so it was pretty difficult to get back into the role. It was amazing… Working with her, I always just saw that character. She’d always be drinking lots of coca cola and just be living life, it was an amazing experience.”
She also joked that she was refused entry to one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants because she was wearing a tracksuit. She told him: “Actually funny little story, I was wanting to, like everybody else who wants to eat in a Ramsay restaurant, and then I didn’t get in. Basically, I don’t think you know about this but I wasn’t dressed the part. They were like, ‘No.’ I was just wearing a trackie. I’m a tomboy so I was just wearing a trackie, trainers and I think there was a dress code. Can I come to one of your restaurants? For free though?” She joked.
Rita spoke about being a refugee. She said: “I am a proud refugee and I moved to London when I was one. I grew up in a council estate in West London. It was hard but I was really lucky because this city is beautiful, it’s the best city in the world and it’s so multicultural and I’m so proud to have been raised in such a beautiful city… I don’t know what I would be doing if I didn’t have a change of environment so I’m very lucky to be the best thing that came out of Kosovo,” she laughed.
Rita and the other guests tried some traditional Kosovan drinks, to mixed reviews. [Pictures available from REX]
TV chef, Gordon Ramsay, joined the sofa and spoke about his new ITV documentary.
Speaking about Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine, Gordon opened up about losing a colleague to the drug: “It’s near and dear. It’s obviously everywhere and it’s a huge problem. [I] suffered a great loss years ago, an amazing young man. It’s rife.”
“We had dinner the night before. He passed. I wish I’d seen signs earlier. Cooking at a level where everyone is under that pressure but you don’t need that substance to continue. It was a big loss… I think the image today of a chef, I think everyone thinks it’s this rock and roll lifestyle and you need that help, that substance.”
For the documentary, Gordon tested the guest and staff toilets in his restaurant for substances. Cocaine was found in both. He said: “That’s when the alarm bells started going. I called a meeting. I didn’t throw anyone under the bus, I didn’t single anyone out. I just said, ‘Look, this is everywhere, it’s spotted in the restaurants and it needs to stop.’ Secondly, ‘We don’t want any more casualties. What do we need to put in place to stop anyone else’s life being taken?’”
Gordon spoke about going to meet the sicario, the gang who controls the cocaine trade in the area he was whilst filming for the documentary: “It was very dangerous. We had an amazing fixture on the ground for three months prior to entering into that part of the neighbourhood. Then when we got there we got stitched with a dummy address, spotters all on the roofs, windows down, we had to take off trackers. I think for the first time in my life when I walked inside this room, [there were] AK47s to glocks to wraps of coke, bullets sprayed everywhere, in a neighbourhood next to a ‘chop house’ where they used to take the bodies to chop them… So these three guys, they handed me the glock and I think it was the first time I felt that, ‘Damn, if this kicks off, I need a gun.’”
When Jonathan asked why he put himself in that situation as a high profile person, he said: “There was a possibility [of me being kidnapped]. I was with an amazing journalist who has an incredible relationship over the last decade with these guys… He was my benchmark and a great support. But I never really wanted to think about that because I wanted to see what happens when these deals get done and what happens when it goes t*ts up, and why there is such violence in this cocaine warehouse inside Andorus and I never wanted to be criticised for tip-toeing over things, I need to get, as you know, straight to the crux.”
On his brother struggling with drug addiction, he said: “Unfortunately that was a little bit harder. I don’t think there is any easy drug but when you stoop to the depths of heroin, it’s very rare you get back. We’ve done everything we can to help him now he just sort of binges and disappears so that’s just a constant reminder and also being a father of four ourselves, you need to be there for them because this stuff is rife.”
And on his eating habits, Gordon said he has never been tempted to go veggie: “No, I do eat lots of vegetarian [options]... From a chef’s point of view, that would be devastating. Seriously, I graze, I don’t sit down to a big dinner, big lunch, heavy breakfast, it’s three or four times [a day]. I graze.”
Comedian, Russell Howard, spoke to Jonathan about working in America and being mistaken for an unlikely TV host: “In America, I made two people laugh in an elevator simply with my face. I walked in and two fifty year old women [were laughing] and I said, ‘What are you giggling about?’ And this woman looked at me and went, ‘Sugar, has anyone ever told you you look like Ellen?’”