Chris Evans is leaving the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show

Chris Evans is leaving the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show
Chris Evans will step down from the Radio 2 breakfast show after 13 years (Photo: BBC)

Chris Evans has announced that he will leave BBC Radio 2 after 13 years.

Evans will present his last breakfast show in December. A replacement is yet to be announced.

In a statement issued through the BBC, the 52 year old radio host said: “I have absolutely loved every single moment of my time at Radio 2. 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.

“As Sir Terry [Wogan] 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.”

‘The twins are on their way’

Evans revealed the news live on air this morning (3 Sep), telling listeners, “The twins are on their way” and adding, “I’m going to leave Radio 2.”

The presenter announced in April that he and his wife, Natasha, are expecting twins. The couple already have a son called Eli.

“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,” said Director-General of the BBC, Tony Hall.

“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.”

High praise

Following Evans’ announcement, Radio 2 presenter Zoe Ball tweeted: “Flippin ‘eck. CHRIS EVANS. You absolute legend. Always been such an inspiration, all learnt so much from you. Proper shocker on a Monday morning. You will be most missed Mr Big.”

Other presenters also reacted on Twitter to Evans’ announcement.