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The One Show's Roman Kemp quits Capital FM after 8 years

roman kemp attends capitals jingle bell ball 2023 at the o2 arena in december 2023
Roman Kemp quits Capital FM after 8 yearsKarwai Tang

Radio DJ Roman Kemp has announced his departure from Capital FM after eight and a half years at the station.

The One Show presenter shared the news with listeners live on-air during Monday's breakfast show (February 19), which he regularly hosts alongside This Morning star Sian Welby and Chris Stark.

Roman thanked his two co-hosts for their support, before sharing his big news, confirming that he will be leaving the station in the next "five to six weeks".

roman kemp attends capitals jingle bell ball 2023 at the o2 arena in december 2023
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"The last like, eight and a half years of my life have just been so incredible being part of this machine," he said.

"It's been the funniest, the saddest, the most outright wild time that I've had being a part of Capital and the Global family and when you set out to do a job of this magnitude, you never think that one day there will be a moment where you have to say goodbye. You don't think that that time will come."

Roman added that the decision to leave was a difficult one to make: "It's not a decision that has come overnight either, it’s massive, I’ve not found it easy at all.

"What I can tell you is I’m not saying goodbye right now, I’m not leaving the show today and that’s it, but it’s not far away. It will come and that goodbye will come in five to six weeks."

roman kemp pays tribute to friend joe lyons on capital fm
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The presenter first joined Capital back in 2014, going on to land his first major show The Capital Evening Show in 2016. A year later, he moved to Capital Breakfast, with the show going nationwide in 2019.

Ashley Tabor-King CBE, the founder and Executive President of Global, the media company that owns Capital said: "Roman, it's been a pleasure. You've been a fantastic host and custodian of one of the biggest shows in UK radio, the Capital breakfast show.

"I've loved watching you grow and grow as a broadcaster and as a person and I wish you all the very best for whatever comes next."

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