The departure of Jonathan Ross from the BBC was "inevitable" but he could return to screens "better than he ever was", broadcaster Chris Evans said today.

Ross, the BBC's highest-paid TV star, announced on Thursday he was quitting after 13 years at the Corporation.

The decision came just over a year after the notorious ‘Sachsgate’ scandal, for which the presenter served a three month suspension.

Evans told BBC1's Andrew Marr show: "Jonathan parting ways with the BBC - I said last week I think it was inevitable in many ways.

"I thought the shadow and the cloud from what happened in October 2008 ... (he) just couldn't get away."

Evans, 43, said he hoped the star would return and suggested he should have continued with his Radio 2 show.

"I hope he comes back," he said.