Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Tears for Chris Moyles' last show

Chris Moyles leaves Radio 1 after his final breakfast show
Chris Moyles poses with fans as he leaves BBC Radio 1 after his final breakfast show
Chris Moyles has hosted his final BBC Radio 1 breakfast show

DJ Chris Moyles said goodbye to the Radio 1 breakfast show with a sing-a-long, a celebrity send-off and a few tears.

The broadcaster, who has hosted the show for more than eight years, got behind the microphone for the last time before he hands over to Nick Grimshaw.

He told listeners the final show felt like "some weird victory" after "all the flak we've taken".

He said: "We just got through all of it and here we all are celebrating us and I'm really proud." He joked: "What am I going to do? I'm so institutionalised, I might just turn up Monday morning and just clean."

The broadcast featured a video message from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who also sent a cook from one of his restaurants to make breakfast for Moyles and his team. The show's American voiceover man Paul Turner also joined in via Skype from Philadelphia.

Another special guest was filmmaker and Comic Relief supremo Richard Curtis who went into the studio to meet the team he described as some "of the greatest fundraisers in the history of Comic Relief".

There was also a video message from McFly who recorded a special version of their number one hit Star Girl with the lyrics changed to refer to Moyles and the show. Moyles played the song regularly on his show in a section called McFlyday.

That was followed by tributes from stars including veteran broadcaster Terry Wogan - who was Moyles' main rival for a while when he presented the early morning show on sister station Radio 2. It all got too much for sports presenter Tina Daheley who was the first of the team to burst into tears.

The DJ thanked listeners who he said were "awesome" and admitted he was happy just to "get here without being frog-marched out of the building" before playing Dry Your Eyes by The Streets. Moyles told the audience: "Thank you for listening, thanks for supporting us and with a risk of sounding ridiculously cheesy, thanks for making all our dreams come true".

The show ended with the whole team singing along to their goodbye jingle before people watching online saw Moyles leave the studio and walk out of Broadcasting House. It comes after a celebrity-filled send-off on Thursday by showbiz pals including Ant and Dec who hosted a This Is Your Life-style farewell as Moyles prepared to step down.

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