Xfm’s London breakfast show host Danny Wallace has announced he’s leaving the show to concentrate on his dancing and writing.
It’s the second departure within a month of a breakfast show presenter from Global Radio’s Leicester Square HQ with Harriet Scott leaving Heart recently to spend more time with her family. She’s now signed up to early breakfast on BBC London.
Danny announced the news on-air and on Twitter this morning.
I just announced I’ll be leaving the Xfm Breakfast Show at the end of next week. I’ve loved it (LOVED it) but it’s time to do new things. >>
— Danny Wallace (@dannywallace) December 14, 2012
He said he’s leaving to write a sit-com for ABC and to get back to his “aggressive street-dancing”.
He joined Xfm for breakfast in August 2011, taking over from Dave Berry who’s now on Capital. Previously he’d done work for Radio 2, 6 Music and Absolute Radio – and had a spell on Xfm’s weekend line-up in 2008.
A Global Radio spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Danny Wallace is stepping down as host of the Xfm Breakfast Show. We’d like to thank him for all of his hard work, enthusiasm and passion whilst on XFM and to wish him continued success in all of his future endeavours. A new host for London’s Breakfast Show will be announced in due course.”
Danny said: “I have had a ball doing the Xfm Breakfast Show and am very proud of what we’ve achieved together… from being the most-awarded show at the Sony Awards last year to the Arqiva I was thrilled to win, I think we have created the very best show we were able to, every single day.
“But now it is time to concentrate on my dancing.
“So from 2013, I will get back to my aggressive street-dancing. In addition, there’s a new novel I need to write, a sitcom script I owe ABC, and time-consuming commitments both here and in the US.
“I’d like to thank Xfm and Global Radio for giving me the show. Particularly as at the time, even I thought ‘that’s a weird booking’. But it’s worked out wonderfully.”
No news of a replacement has been announced as yet but we’ll bring you the details as soon as we can on Radio Today.