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Emotional Chris Evans thanks family on last Radio 2 show

Chris Evans
Chris Evans

Chris Evans held back tears as he thanked his wife and family during an emotional final breakfast show on Radio 2 on Christmas Eve.

The broadcaster, who has been at the BBC station since 2005 and has had the breakfast slot since January 2010, is departing to return to Virgin almost 20 years after he left.

Evans (52) paused to compose himself as he spoke of how his wife Natasha Shishmanian had given him the "certainty to feel confident enough to embark upon a bit of uncertainty again".

Evans married Shishmanian (38) in 2007 and the pair welcomed twins in September this year.

Monday's show was the former TFI Friday and Top Gear host's last before he is replaced by Zoe Ball in the new year.

He said: "Thank you to my family for putting up with me, and for having someone in your personal orbit that does a job like this, particularly my daughter Jane.

"Thank you to you all for listening, but most of all I would like to thank my wife Natasha, my gravity and my guiding light, for giving me enough certainty to feel confident enough to embark upon a bit of uncertainty again.

"It's 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 bedfellows, let me tell you. None of us look forward to saying goodbye to the things and people we love."

Bucking tradition, Evans delivered his farewell speech at the halfway mark of the show, saying he wanted the programme to be "a right laugh" and not end on a "melancholy" note.

Evans took over the breakfast slot following Sir Terry Wogan's departure in December 2009.

He also presented the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show and TFI Friday on Channel 4.

Evans' Virgin Radio breakfast show will begin on January 21.

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