Following his axing from BBC’s The Voice UK, Tom Jones has said that the BBC “can go f**k themselves”
Talking to The Sunday Times, Jones spoke of how he initially reacted when his son and manager Mark Woodward made him aware of his harsh axing from the show “”I said, ‘I don’t give a f**k’”
“I enjoyed it, but if they don’t want me any more, they can go f**k themselves.”
Jones felt that his axing was uncalled for and more than just speaking about it, Jones actually wrote about it in his new memoir Over the Top and Back: The Autobiography.
“What a cold place the BBC is. Sometimes you wonder whether it’s run by humans or a machine in the basement” Jones writes, further explaining that “[Former BBC managing director Bill Cotton] knew intuitively what makes entertainment work for the British public. Sadly there’s not so much of that at the BBC today.”
Jones has previously explained that he wasn’t told his contract wouldn’t be renewed until the very last moment, with absolutely “no consultation or conversation of any kind.”
Following the fallout, BBC TV chief Danny Cohen said that he was remorseful of how things had ended with Jones, and that he was “truly sorry” that the star had been left upset, praising him as both a “gentleman” and an “extraordinary figure in music.”
Jones is not the only judge who will not be returning. Rita Ora is no longer a mentor on the show, instead working as a judge on the X Factor .
Boy George will replace Jones, whilst Paloma Faith has been drafted in to replace Ora.