Famous BBC Radio 1 DJ, Nick Grimshaw, has stepped down from the Breakfast Show after nearly six years of heading it.
The popular presenter will be replaced by Greg James in the sought-after radio slot from 6.30am to 10am.
Grimmy will be swapping slots with Greg James, taking over his 4-7pm slot.
The Manc host said he’s had the ‘time of his life’ but has decided it’s ‘time for a change and a new show’.
According to the BBC, Greg said:
It really doesn’t get any bigger than this and I really want to build on the great work Grimmy has done.
While Nick took to Instagram to say:
It was always my dream to do the breakfast show and I’m very grateful that I got to live my dream every day for what will be nearly six years.
But six years is a long time and this isn’t a forever job. I had the time of my life. I’ve decided it’s time for a change and a new show.
I’m so happy to be swapping shows with my friend and yours, Greg James, and can’t wait to wake up to him each morning. Not literally. Just on the radio. Unless he’s up for it.
Here I am on my first day ? It was always my dream to do the Breakfast Show and I’m very grateful that I got to live my dream everyday for what will be 6 years. But 6 years is a long time and this isn’t a forever job. I had the time of my life. I’ve decided it’s time for a change and a new show. I love Radio 1 and can’t wait to get on with the new time slot and the removal of all alarms from my house. I’m so happy to be swapping shows with my friend and yours @gregjames17 and can’t wait to wake up to him each morning. Not literally. Just on the radio. Unless he’s up for it. ???♂️
33-year-old Nick began hosting the show in 2012 and earlier this week, he became the second longest running breakfast show presenter in Radio 1 history.
Nick took over from Chris Moyles on the breakfast show, after presenting the station’s late night programme.
The latest official Rajar listening figures suggest 5.1 million people tuned into Grimmy at breakfast time in the first quarter of 2018 – they were the second lowest audience figures since current records began. It was a drop of 600,000 compared to the last quarter of 2017.
Greg, 32, was first on air on Radio 1 the day after he graduated from university
He said he was ‘beside myself’ to be given the chance to present the ‘most famous radio show in the world’.
The listeners have become like mates during the ten years I’ve been on air, so to be there when they wake up is a real honour.
They’re always front and centre and this will of course be the case on the new breakfast show.
It’s going to be the most enjoyable challenge I’ve ever undertaken and I can’t wait to get started.
Nick’s departure has had mixed reviews. Quite a few people on social media expressed negative feelings towards him, while many fans are gutted to hear the news.
One Twitter user wrote:
Absolutely gutted Nick Grimshaw is leaving the breakfast show…..mainly because I only listen on the drive home & now he’s on that show instead
Why did I just tear up finding our that Nick Grimshaw isn’t doing the breakfast show anymore [sic]
What a morning. I cannot wait to take over the most famous radio show in the world and it was so lovely to break the news on air with Grim that we are switching shows. He’s had an amazing six years and and I can’t wait to get going in the autumn. Here we are all sweaty and panicky moments before we broke the news
I’m sure he’ll enjoy the later starts with his new drivetime show. Grimmy said he can’t wait to remove: ‘all the alarms from my house’.
The pair will begin on their new shows in the Autumn.
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