After 8 years hosting what has become the most listened to show on the radio, Chris Evans is hanging up the headphones on a post that has put him in second position of highest paid stars at the BBC.
Evans announced the news yesterday to his listeners, making this rather deft analogy: "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.
"I want to keep climbing."
Evans is set to bow out officially on the 21 December, with talk of a Christmas eve special, and it has been confirmed that he will move to Virgin radio in the new year.
This tweet from Richard Branson demonstrates the feeling at Virgin upon the return of their prodigal son, Evans, who was a host on the channel some 20 years ago. As he says himself: "In many ways Virgin Radio is my spiritual home."
Welcoming @achrisevans back where he belongs on Virgin Radio https://t.co/APJaaQeGmR@virginradioukpic.twitter.com/c237Z5JzjB
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) September 3, 2018