BBC Radio 2 today has announced that its Breakfast Show presenter Chris Evans will be leaving the network.
After 13 years of presenting for BBC Radio 2, former Top Gear, TFI Friday and Big Breakfast host Evans will broadcast his last show in December 2018.
“I have absolutely loved every single moment of my time at Radio 2,” said Chris, who succeeded Sir Terry Wogan as host of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show in 2010.
“The last 13 years have flashed by in what seems like the blink of an eye. I have learnt so much from so many people to whom I will be eternally grateful.
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“As Sir Terry said before me, there’s never a right time to leave something you love but there might be a wrong time if you hang on too long.
“I honestly think The Breakfast Show is currently as positive, useful, sunny and inclusive as it has ever been. In fine shape for its next custodian. Whoever that turns out to be, I wish them all the very best, they are in for an absolute blast.”
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Evans first joined Radio 2 in 2005. He won Sony Music Radio Personality of the Year in 2006, 2007 and 2009. In 2016, he won the ARIA for Best Radio Breakfast Show in 2016.
Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC, said of Evans’ departure: “Chris has been an absolutely first-class presenter of the Breakfast Show. He has brought both warmth and a genuine insight into what listeners want.
“He has given 100 percent to each of his BBC projects, including raising millions of pounds for Children in Need.
“I’d like to thank him for all his efforts over the years and wish him all the best for the future,” he added.