'Proud' Chris Moyles bids farewell to Radio 1


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A "proud" Chris Moyles said goodbye to the Radio 1 breakfast show this morning.

The DJ, who has been hosting the show for more than eight years, said his final programme felt like "some weird victory" after "all the flak we've taken".

He told listeners: "We just got through all of it and here we all are celebrating us and I'm really proud."

Moyles added: "Thank you to everyone who has listened and supported us."

It comes after a celebrity-filled send-off yesterday by showbiz pals including Ant and Dec who hosted a This Is Your Life-style farewell as Moyles prepared to step down.

The duo turned up for his penultimate morning show, which was unusually broadcast in front of a live audience of 200-plus fans.

Other guests included James Corden, Gary Barlow and Billie Piper, who turned up to wish him well along with listeners at the BBC's Radio Theatre in London.

The BBC is still to announce what Moyles will do next for the station, and he is not expected to be back until next year.

He still has a year to run on his contract with Radio 1, but in the short term he will be taking a role in a newly revamped production of Jesus Christ Superstar, playing King Herod.

He is also releasing a second album of parody songs and touring a series of venues in November.

A Radio 1 spokesman said: "Chris is taking a break from Radio 1 as he has a number of other projects coming up over the next few months.

"We are in discussions with him about future opportunities at Radio 1 for the new year."

It is understood he will not be paid by the BBC while he is off air.