Breakfast host Chris Evans announces he is leaving Radio 2

He previously hosted the breakfast show on Virgin Radio from 1997-2001.

Chris Evans has shocked fans by announcing a return to Virgin Radio, nearly 20 years after he left the station.

Speaking live on air on Monday, he said: "I'm leaving Radio 2 and since I decided this, which has been a conversation I have been having with my nearest and dearest since previous year, a few weeks ago I made my mind up for sure".

Speaking about his new appointment, Chris said: "In many ways Virgin Radio is my spiritual home. It makes me smile every time I think about it".

"I honestly think The Breakfast Show is now as positive, useful, sunny and inclusive as it has ever been. One thing I'm certain of is it is going to be a lot of fun", he said.

The popular broadcaster announced on Monday that he is ending his tenure at Radio 2 after 13 years.

The DJ said he was "starting off on a brand new adventure" but didn't give details of his plans.

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Evans said that the story-writing competition 500 Words would be staying at Radio 2.

Evans first joined Radio 2 in September 2005 as presenter of the Saturday afternoon show.

He moved to the drivetime slot in 2006.

Chris Evans will be moving across to Virgin Radio following his decision to quit BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

He scooped the Best Music Radio Breakfast Show award in 2016.

The show is now the country's most listened to radio programme, with more than 9 million listeners. "It is the next stage of our radio revolution, giving us a world-class presenter and a nationally recognised breakfast show that will drive audience growth for the station, across DAB, our app and all forms of connected listening".

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