Nick Grimshaw has quit his Radio 1 job after 14 years at the station, the Mirror can exclusively reveal.
The star will reveal on his Drivetime show today that he leaving the station, which he first joined back in 2007.
It’s understood that Grimmy, 36, told BBC bosses several weeks ago who have now appointed Jordan North and Vick Hope to replace him.
A source said: “Grimmy has loved every minute and done everything he ever dreamed of on Radio 1. It has been a really hard decision but he is looking forward to the next chapter in his life.”
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Grimmy took over the reins of the famous Breakfast Show in 2012, replacing the long-standing Chris Moyles.
He stayed in that slot until 2018 when he took over the Drivetime slot from Greg James.
A source said: “Grimmy will be a really hard act to follow but bosses are delighted that Jordan and Vick have agreed to team up as part of a new look Drivetime.”
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In a statement announcing his exit from the station on Wednesday, Nick said: “Today, we start the show a little bit differently today because I have some news, guys Some big news. And it has been some big news for me to announce.”
He continued: “This is some news that I’ve been thinking about for a little while and the news is that after 14 years of working here I have made the decision to leave Radio 1.
“Not now, not at 5.45, in a bit, in a few weeks. But yeah, a big decision and I just wanted to tell you as soon as I could, as soon as I came on-air.
“Because you share your stories with me every day, share your news, so it was important that I did the same with you.
“I’ve told you my big decision. By the way, this feels really weird because I’ve not told anyone. I’ve really, really…this is the first secret I’ve kept. I have kept it secret.
“Yeah, it’s has been a big old decision, a huge decision for me, it’s been something I’ve been thinking about for a little while but it’s an exciting one. It’s a happy one. It’s something I’ve given a lot of thought about because you know Radio 1 means so much to me.
“It’s been my home for 14 years. It’s the only place I wanted to work. It’s the only radio station I ever listened to. So a big decision, huge decision, but a good one.”
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Nick added: “I was just thinking the past 18 months have been, like, the most surreal, weirdest 18 months of life ever. I feel like we’ve got closer than ever but like a lot of you guys, that you take stock in times like this, and sort of, like, look at your life and I’ve looked at mine and wanted to make that change.
“And this is the change now. Pretty strange to be saying this on the radio if I’m honest.
“But yeah I just wanted to say how much I’ve loved it and honestly I’ve had the time of my life.
“And I know people say this and stuff but this was my childhood dream and I’ve made it come true.
“And now it’s time to go make some other dreams come true..maybe…we’ll see.”
The radio host revealed that he will be still doing the show for another few weeks and will do his goodbyes in the run-up to his departure.
Nick revealed: “I won’t do goodbyes, I don’t want to do the thanks now because we’re going to be on the radio for 6 or 7 weeks or something.
“So I don’t want o all of that now but I just wanted to tell you straight up andI wanted to say thank you to you guys who listen every day, who share your stories with me, share your lives with me, because without you this show is nothing.
“I’m just sat here in a carpeted room talking to myself, which is sad.
“But seriously, all jokes aside, you listeners made my dreams come true and for that, I’m eternally grateful.
“So seriously, thank you, thanks for listening, and let’s have the best couple of weeks together that we can possibly have.”
Vick Hope and Jordan North have also released statements following the big news they will be taking over the show.
Vick Hope said: “What a madness! Drivetime!!!
“I love Radio 1 so, so much, having grown up tuning in religiously every single day, it means the world to be taking the reins at home-time with the phenomenal Mr North.
“Grimmy is an absolute legend of the game, thank you mate for every laugh you’ve sent rippling through the country!
“Taking over Drive is a task we won’t be taking lightly, but Jordan and I are ready to put our all into making your journey home that little bit brighter.”
Meanwhile, Jordan North noted: “I am absolutely chuffed to be making the move over to Radio 1 daytime and even happier to be working alongside Vick. Grimmy is a Radio 1 legend so we definitely have big shoes to fill but will work extremely hard to make sure afternoons on Radio 1 still sound superb.
“I am super excited to get started and look forward to this next chapter with Vick and the rest of my Radio 1 family.”
Vick and Jordan’s new show will be first broadcast on Monday, 6 September this year.
Radio 1 DJ Jordan’s profile has soared since he was announced as the runner-up of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! last year. He currently presents a weekend show on Radio 1.
Vic too has enjoyed a series of high-profile gigs since presenting the Capital Breakfast show, including a stint on Strictly Come Dancing.
A source added: “They both can’t wait to get started and jumped at the chance to step into Grimmy’s shoes in such a high-profile slot.
“They’ve both earned the chance to reach a much bigger audience and fully intend to grasp what is a brilliant opportunity.”