Chris Evans reveals he worried he was ill due to 'cold hands'
Chris Evans, 54, has reflected on how his decision to quit his hosting duties with the BBC changed him in a positive way. The star, who now hosts The Chris Evans Virgin Radio Breakfast show, revealed he was noticeably “so different and happy” in his new role away from BBC Radio 2.
Chris made the admission while speaking to Graham Norton, 57, who recently quit his BBC Radio 2 show to front a weekend show on Virgin Radio.
In an interview from today’s broadcast, Graham took the opportunity to thank Chris for encouraging him to make the move to Virgin Radio.
Chris recalled: “The last time you were on the breakfast show you said, ‘It’s lovely here and I said, ’It is, it is’.
“And you said, ‘You seem so different and happy,’ and I said, ‘I know’.”
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Explaining the differences between hosting the two radio shows, Chris continued: “I loved working at Radio 2, but I didn’t realise there was another level of joy to be had.
“And you got the same vibe didn’t you?” He quizzed The Graham Norton Show presenter.
Graham agreed: “I really did. And you were saying ‘oh you should come and work here’.
“And as I left thinking ‘well, that will never happen, but actually that would be quite nice’.”
Sharing his thoughts ahead of making his debut on Virgin Radio this weekend, Graham added: “I’m 58 and I’m nervous and excited.
“And I probably haven’t had adrenalin in my body for a long time.
“So tomorrow morning I may OD, you may hear a clunk!”
Chris announced his departure from the BBC in 2018, after eight years at the helm of Radio 2 and 13 years at the station.
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“I’m going to leave. I’m leaving Radio 2,” he told listeners at the time, promising he’d stay on air until Christmas.
“Some of us are mountain climbers [but] if you get to the top of your favourite mountain and you stay there, you become an observer,” he explained while addressing the decision.
“I want to keep climbing.”
The dad-of-five took over the Radio 2 show from Sir Terry Wogan in 2010.
His breakfast show regularly attracted around nine million listeners, which was more than any other UK radio show.
The presenter’s Virgin Radio show launched in January 2019, and has been quite the hit on the digital-only station.
Over the past year, Chris’ show has reached a record number of 1.2 million listeners, which is seven per cent higher than previous ratings.
“I’m ecstatic that in only a year, we are number one. Our plan is simple; give it all we got and have the most fun along the way,” he said following the news.
The Chris Evans Virgin Radio Breakfast show with Sky airs weekdays from 6:30am.
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