The Masked Singer's Jonathan Ross insists Natalie Cole gaffe was a 'genuine ...

As a chat show host he has welcomed thousands of A-listers to his sofa over the last two decades.

Yet Jonathan Ross has admitted that he doesn't remember every celebrity's face after mistakenly claiming late singer Natalie Cole was a mystery contestant on The Masked Singer.

Attempting to guess who was the Daisy character on last Saturday's episode of the fun singing show, the veteran presenter, 59, chimed in by predicting it to be the US R&B singer, who passed away in 2015.

Gaffe: Jonathan Ross has admitted that he doesn't remember every celebrity's face, after mistakenly claiming late singer Natalie Cole was a mystery contestant on the Masked Singer

Gaffe: Jonathan Ross has admitted that he doesn't remember every celebrity's face, after mistakenly claiming late singer Natalie Cole was a mystery contestant on the Masked Singer

'Obviously it was a genuine mistake. What's interesting is we recorded this in September and nobody thought to check,' he told The Sun.

'But possibly it was my fault because they all think I know my stuff. They all assume, "If he says it, he must be right".' 

The TV star revealed that the rest of the panel didn't know either, and so didn't question it.

Awkward: Attempting to guess who was the Daisy character on last Saturday's episode of the singing show, the veteran presenter, 59, chimed in by predicting it to be the US R&B singer, who passed away in 2015

Awkward: Attempting to guess who was the Daisy character on last Saturday's episode of the singing show, the veteran presenter, 59, chimed in by predicting it to be the US R&B singer, who passed away in 2015

Legend: The presenter claimed that he thought Natalie could behind the intricate mask, despite her passing away of congestive heart failure in 2015

Legend: The presenter claimed that he thought Natalie could behind the intricate mask, despite her passing away of congestive heart failure in 2015 

Jonathan has recommended to producers to have someone backstage on 'Google or Wikipedia' to avoid anymore awkward moments.

However it doesn't appear he is particularly worried about naming more dead celebrities as being masked singers.

'I'm old. I can't f***ing remember what I did this morning. But don't worry, I didn't say "Tupac",' he jokingly added. 

Panel: Jonathan is being assisted on the judging panel by TV presenter Davina McCall, actor Ken Jeong and singer Rita Ora, who correctly guessed the identity of Daisy as US singer Kelis

Panel: Jonathan is being assisted on the judging panel by TV presenter Davina McCall, actor Ken Jeong and singer Rita Ora, who correctly guessed the identity of Daisy as US singer Kelis

Jonathan is being assisted on the judging panel by TV presenter Davina McCall, actor Ken Jeong and singer Rita Ora, who correctly guessed the identity of Daisy as US singer Kelis.

Rita success at naming the singer came as a surprise to viewers, as her suggestions are usually far off of the mark.

Fellow judge Jonathan recently joked that having Rita on the panel felt like

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