Chris Evans in tears on final BBC Radio 2 show

Chris Evans has said an emotional farewell to Radio 2 listeners on his last breakfast show before departing for Virgin Radio.

The new show, starting next month, will be advert free. He’s leaving Radio 2 after 13 years, the last 8 of them on the weekday breakfast show.

In his “goodbye link” at 8.15am, Chris thanked former bosses Lesley Douglas, Bob Shennan and Lewis Carnie as well as his original Radio 2 producer Helen Thomas. He went on to say: “Thank you to all my friends and family for putting up with me – and the occasional nonsense that comes with having someone in your personal orbit that does a job like this.”

“Thank you to you all of course for listening – but most of all I would like to thank my wife Natasha…” After a long pause he continued: “My gravity, my compass, my guiding light for giving me enough certainty and security to be able to feel confident enough to embark upon a bit of uncertainty again, which is what I like. I crave the uncertainty but you can only do that against a backdrop of certainty and security. Uncertainty is where creativity lives. Comfort and creativity are not the greatest of bedfellows, let me tell you.

“Put another way – to read a book you have to keep turning the pages but to write a book you have to do exactly the same. The sight of a blank page strikes the fear of God into some but for others there’s nothing more exciting. So with your blessing that’s precisely what I’m going to do.

He concluded the link by saying: “None of us look forward to saying goodbye to the things and people we love – but that’s simply because we love them so much in the first place. Which is precisely how it should be. Why would we ever want it any other way?”

Listen to the audio and more of Chris’ farewell comments for yourself:

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  1. Arthur says

    Good luck Chris, thanks for keeping me company on all those early morning motorway miles ! Arthur

  2. Alan says

    Perhaps listeners will now hear more music and far less self indulgent chat. Licence fee payers will be contributing to one less overpaid “celebretary”

  3. Joe Smith says

    Gone has he?

  4. Karen Colclough says

    My journey to work will never be the same..enjoy your future ventures ..Iove and thanks! Karen C, Mansfield

  5. Patricia Watt says

    Will not be listening into Zoe Ball poor replacement

  6. Andrew says

    Uncertainty, give me a break he’s hardly being made redundant, no Mr Evans UNCERTAINTY is having no income no money through no fault of there own,. Then again that’s the bubble of the show biz selective.

  7. Stella Dillon says

    Just to say hace realky enjoyed yoyr show over the last nine years always tuned in wishing you well in your new ventures and wish you abd your famiky a very very merry christmas and a healthy and hapoy 2019 best wishes stella and nemo beagle xx

  8. Ian Evans says

    Goodbye chris and good luck gonna miss you mate.

  9. Paul wright says

    My day was allways a good day with chris best bit was fridays when he played the candy man you knew the weekend was coming

  10. Julie Twist says

    Never have I cried so much through a breakfast show. All the memories (playing the Candy Man set me off) and of course Chris’s thanks to everyone at 8.15. I will miss his fun on my way to work in the mornings, but wish him every success for his new venture with Virgin.

  11. Bill says

    Gone now I go back to listening again to radio two

  12. Ian Finn says

    Did a great job hosting the VE celebrations a couple of years ago. Radio shows been ok too.

  13. Ian Myerscough says

    Good luck for the Chris Evans you always make people happy when listening to your show

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