Sir Terry Wogan has shocked listeners by announcing that he will quit radio’s most popular show, live on air.

Sir Terry, 71, dropped the bombshell at the end of Monday’s Wake Up to Wogan show when he revealed that Chris Evans will be replacing him in the Breakfast slot later this year.

“This is the hardest thing I have ever done in my broadcasting career, to say goodbye to you in the mornings,” the former Eurovision host told his audience.

“If the mail is anything to go by, most of the listening population have spotted a report that next year I’m going to turn into Chris Evans. And I hate to tell you, but it’s true. I was hoping to break it to you, my loyal listener, more gently.

“I wanted to be the first to tell you. It’s the least I owe you, for endless years, countless hours of morning companionship, friendship, good humour, and laughter. Your loyalty and support has been a beacon of love in my life.”

Sir Terry went on to say that he was happy to be handing over the Breakfast reins to his ‘friend’, Chris Evans, and announced plans for a brand new programme:

“In the new year, I’ll be starting a really exciting new show, live from the BBC Radio Studio at Broadcasting House in front of you, as my live audience, presenting the very pinnacle of live music, artists, guests, and of course, you, your mail, your warmth, your wit,” he said.

“So, this is not goodbye, it’s not even au revoir… As they used to say when I was a lad ‘See you later alligator… in a while, crocodile’.”