Moyles rant at BBC over no pay
Chris Moyles can expect more tabloid headlines after going on a half-hour long rant at BBC management this morning on his Radio 1 breakfast show.
Moyles told listeners he'd not been paid since the end of July – a problem caused by the introduction of his new contract.
The BBC say there's been a problem with a computer and the payments are being processed.
In the early morning monologue Chris said: "I'm very, very angry, very, very angry at being put into this position. I can't tell you how furious I am. I haven't been paid since the end of July and no one cares about it. No one's bothered.
"They can't be bothered to pay me. Why should I come in? It's a two-way street. What annoys me is the fact I mentioned it to people this week. Fix it, just get it fixed. It's a huge lack of respect and a massive F-you to me. 'It doesn't matter'? Really? It's for free? I love my job, don't get me wrong I love my job."
Listeners were texting in – with one suggesting he shouldn't grumble, given his reported £500,000 annual salary.
"You know nothing about my life," he responded. "And by the way.. what? Because I get paid more than you that means if I don't get paid for two months I should just go oh well, hrumph? And by the way I slept on someone's sofa last night so don't speak to me about my life, you have no idea, my friend. If you really have a problem with that I'm telling you right now I'll pay your licence fee to the BBC so you can switch off and listen to someone else. Go and read the Daily Mail, you miserable fart…. Fine bye. See ya! Go listen to Heart."
The bad mood was made worse by the breakfast team getting into work to discover there was no milk in the programming area at the station. Colleagues Dave, Dom, Aled and Tina all chipped in with sarcastic comments about the shortage and compared their treatment to that of the team on rival station Capital FM.
Moyles said: "Meanwhile down the road there's a boy in the studio going 'Would you like butter on your criossant Mr Johnny Vaughan? Certainly And would you like coffee or tea? Earl Grey? Beautiful. Oh and we have some Darjeeling.'"
"Apparently he has a hamper", says newsreader Dom, reading from a listener's text.
Moyles replies: "It's a table. In the corner of the studio and they make up a little table of breakfast for him. And I know cos someone's shown me a picture of it. Ryan Seacreast who does American Idol and does KIIS FM in LA – he has a gold microphone with Ryan Seacrest engraved into it. And we have no milk. That's the difference."
He adds: "I'm on strike. I'm not going to play one more record. All I'm gonna do is talk and be funny until 10 o'clock. And by the way I don't even want the stupid milk. Are you listening to this Andy? Tina's having to drink coffee with no milk! What have you done to us? If she was on Heart now, there'd be a hunky man feeding her jelly babies wearing only pants. That's it. I am leaving Radio 1. They can stick their job – there's no milk? What do these people think we are? Animals?"
Moyles is no stranger to ranting on air of course and his Radio 1 bosses have been on the end of many a whinge in the past, however serious or sarcastic. But we can't help feeling this one won't go down well, especially if the tabloids turn against him.
On the show, Moyles joked, "Do you ever get the feeling we're coming to the end of it all and it's going to end tragically?" then went on to talk about how he'd be represented in a movie of his breakdown on air.
The whole show's available on the [link=http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00trmcd]BBC iPlayer[/link] of course, and you can listen to some of the rant here: