Chris Evans denies quitting BBC Radio 2 over pay

Bea Mitchell

From Digital Spy

Chris Evans has denied quitting BBC Radio 2's Breakfast Show for a pay rise at Virgin Radio.

After 13 years of broadcasting for the Beeb, former Top Gear and TFI Friday host Evans will broadcast his last show in December 2018.

It was later confirmed that he'll be rejoining Virgin Radio to present its Breakfast Show – almost 20 years since he left the station.

Addressing speculation that he'll get a pay rise at Virgin Radio, Evans told listeners: "There's the usual smattering of facts in amongst loads of fiction.



"I've just got to tell you it's nothing to do with money. There is no rift here whatsoever.

"My bosses have been nothing but absolutely gorgeous to me as far as what I announced yesterday is concerned. They couldn't have been more supporting and more accommodating and more understanding, and I'm so grateful to them for that.

"A very wise man once told me... if you make a decision just based on money when you don't have to, that will more than likely 99.9% come back to bite you where the sun don't shine, and I've always gone with that."

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Chris also opened up about his successor, telling listeners: "I know my money's on Sara [Cox]. Why the heck not? She's the regular sub, she's a super sub, she's the regular deputy.

"Look, everybody here loves Sara. We all love Sara, she's lovely to work with. We all adore her.

"And we know the listeners love her, you tell us, you tell me out on the street, you tell other people that work on the show and around the show."

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