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.”
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.”
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 big ❤️ https://t.co/oJle1MDsyV
— Zoe Ball (@ZoeTheBall) September 3, 2018
Other presenters also reacted on Twitter to Evans’ announcement.
Chris Evans to leave @BBCRadio2. It has always been a brilliant show and he has presented it magnificently. Massive slippers to fill for someone.
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) September 3, 2018
Another big old decision for the BBC. Who would you replace Chris Evans with? Someone cheaper one presumes.
— Peter Ruddick (@ruddick) September 3, 2018
Chris Evans you are amazing. You have taught me so much about broadcasting and will be beyond missed. Thanks for the music, laughs and constant inspiration. Huge love x
— fearne cotton (@Fearnecotton) September 3, 2018