Chris Moyles is about to hang up his Radio 1 Breakfast Show mic, but not before one final round of celebrations. Broadcasting live between 6-10am this morning from BBC Radio Theatre, Chris and his team took to the stage in front of a live studio audience made up of family, friends and lucky ticket holders for their penultimate show.
To commemorate a record-breaking eight and a half years fronting Radio 1’s flagship show, special friends of Chris’s from the worlds of music and showbiz appeared both on stage and via video to pay tribute to the outgoing host.
In addition to its usual slot on Radio 1, the special show was streamed live on the Radio 1 website, as well as being available through the BBC Red Button.
The nation’s favourite double act Ant and Dec presented Chris with a special version of This Is Your Life, featuring a host of celebrity guests emerging from behind the stage curtain, including Gary Barlow, James Corden, Davina McCall, Sara Cox, Billie Piper and Fearne Cotton. At it’s conclusion Chris exclaimed, “It was like an out of body experience watching your own wake”.
Moyles announced his departure from the show back in July, amid claims he was axed as part of a move by network bosses to attract younger listeners to the show – a decision apparently confirmed by the appointment of 28-year-old Nick Grimshaw as his replacement.
Throughout the final two weeks of Chris’s show, he and the team have welcomed special guests into the studio, including David Tennant, Tulisa, Robbie Williams and Ollie Murs, as well as playing a series of best moment compilations.
Famous faces have taken to Twitter throughout the morning to wish the departing presenter goodbye, with the hashtag #ByeChrisMoylesShow topping the trending pile.
TV presenter Jake Humphrey tweeted his goodbyes:
Whilst Gary Barlow, who climbed Mount Kilamanjaro for Red Nose Day with Chris, tweeted his excitement for his appaearance this morning:
And yesterday evening, Chris shared his emotions on Twitter:
The show ended with a special performance from Pixie Lott who took to the stage to sing “It’s all about Chris Moyles”.
The Chris Moyles Show officially finishes tomorrow morning, back in the BBC Radio 1 studio, to say one last goodbye to their listeners before Nick Grimshaw takes the helm on Monday 24 September.