Radio 1 host QUITS BBC in shock move: 'I joined as a boy and I leave as a man'

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The presenter, 31, has been on air for just under a decade.

Confirming the news, Charlie said: “Ten of the best years of my life.

“I want to say a huge thank you to everybody who has listened to me over the years and supported me in everything I have done, I love you, and the journey continues.”

He emotionally added: “I joined the BBC as a boy and I leave as a man.”

Meanwhile, controller of BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network Ben Cooper continued: “Thank you to Charlie for being an important part of Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s history – for nearly 10 years his passion and energy for his music and his shows has been second to none.”

The BBC have confirmed that Charlie’s last show ‘The 8th‘ will be Thursday November 1 while his last edition of The Rap Show will be Saturday November 3.

The news comes just weeks after  also decided to leave the station.

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SHOCK: Charlie Sloth will leave both Radio 1 and Radio 1xtra (Pic: GETTY)

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MOVING ON: Nick Grimshaw left the Radio 1 Breakfast show just weeks ago (Pic: GETTY)

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HEARTFELT: Charlie Sloth said he came to the BBC as a boy and has left as a man (Pic: GETTY)

Grimmy, 33, handed over the reigns to Greg James, 32.

Speaking frankly about moving on, Rita Ora’s BFF said: “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.”

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REPLACEMENT: Greg James took over Nick Grimshaw’s post (Pic: GETTY)

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STAPLE: Chris Evans will leave Radio 2 after over a decade (Pic: GETTY)

Meanwhile, s has also confirmed he is leaving Radio 2 in favour of Virgin Radio – he had hosted the breakfast show for eight years and was at the station for over a decade.

“I have absolutely loved every single moment of my time at Radio 2,” the former Top Gear presenter said on air.

“The last 13 years have flashed by in what seems like the blink of an eye. I have learnt so much from so many people to whom I will be eternally grateful.

“As Sir Terry said before me, there’s never a right time to leave something you love but there might be a wrong time if you hang on too long.”

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