After almost six years as the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host, Nick Grimshaw has announced on air that he is quitting the programme.
Nick, who started presenting the show in 2012, said he will stay with Radio 1 to host a new drivetime show.
The DJ said that he felt it was time to step down so he could catch up on his sleep, referring to the show’s 6:30am start time.
Nick, who is the second-longest running breakfast show presenter, joked he “ain’t had a good night’s sleep since God knows when” and that he has had “jet lag for six years”.
He said: “Come September it will be six years… I’ve decided it’s time for a change, time for a new show and, most importantly, it’s going to be time for a new wake-up time… preferably about 11.30am.”
Last year Grimshaw was named as Radio 1’s top-earning presenter in a new report, which lists the wages of all of the BBC stars earning more than £150,000.
The report reveals that he takes home between £350,000 and £399,999 a year.
From September he will move into the drivetime slot while Greg James takes up the post on the Breakfast Show.
Greg appeared on the programme and admitted to feeling nervous about announcing his new role as the Breakfast Show presenter.
“I did not sleep one hour last night just thinking about it… it’s too much,” he said, adding that it’s a “big challenge” but that he’s “ready to give this a go”.
The announcement comes two weeks after new data revealed that Grimshaw’s show had recorded its second lowest audience figures since current records began.
His programme shed 600,000 listeners in the first quarter of this year, pulling in 5.1 million listeners a week in the first three months of 2018, compared with 5.7 million a week in the last quarter of 2017, according to audience research body Rajar.
Nick, who took over the early morning radio programme in 2012 from Chris Moyles, said he’s “really tired” and had the position for much longer than he first thought he would.
He said in a statement: “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 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.”
In a statement, Greg said: “I am completely beside myself that I’ve been given the chance to present the most famous radio show in the world.
“It really doesn’t get any bigger than this and I really want to build on the great work Grimmy has don