Graham Norton hosts his final weekend show on Virgin Radio and bids listeners an emotional farewell, a day after announcing his shock departure

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Graham Norton started last weekend’s show on Virgin Radio by saying: “Now it’s time for one last sprint around the paddock.”

Graham Norton thanked listeners for “sharing their lives with me” as he concluded his show on Virgin Radio last weekend.

The Irish presenter, 60, announced on Saturday that he would be leaving the station, saying he was desperate to “get my weekends back” after his life had “changed” recently.

Mr Norton joined Virgin Radio in 2021 after 10 years at BBC Radio 2, where he has hosted the weekend show for 13 years.

As he concluded his final Sunday show on the station, he told listeners: “Finally, we would like to thank you all for listening to our stories and sharing your lives with us.

“We loved hearing your messages and finding out what you’ve been up to over the years, what you liked, what you didn’t like, what made you happy and what made you sad. .

“It has been an honor to sit here and share my weekends with you for the past three years and two months.”

Mr Norton, 60, made the bombshell announcement on his Saturday morning show just yesterday, saying he wanted to “take back weekends” after 13 years of presenting.

The Irish chat show host, who joined BBC Radio 2 in 2021 after 10 years with the station, admitted he would still “appear on the station from time to time” after his weekend role ended.

At the beginning of his final Sunday show on the station, he told listeners:

“Amy, thank you for the breakfast. I’m Graham Norton. I’ll be here until 12:30 p.m., I promise.”

Graham Norton kicked off last weekend's show on Virgin Radio by saying:

Graham Norton kicked off last weekend’s show on Virgin Radio by saying: “Now for one last sprint around the paddock” (posted on his Instagram on Sunday)

At the start of Sunday's show, he shared a selfie on Instagram of himself sitting in a Virgin Radio presenting chair and wrote:

At the start of Sunday’s show, he shared a selfie on Instagram of himself sitting in a Virgin Radio presenting chair and wrote: “Let’s go!” One last turn! ! ”

The Irish chat show host, who joined BBC Radio 2 in 2021 after 10 years on the station, has confirmed he will continue to

The Irish chat show host, who joined BBC Radio 2 in 2021 after 10 years on the station, has confirmed he will continue to “appear on the station from time to time”.

He said he planned to “kick off” the show with music by the Pet Shop Boys, then launch into their hit “Always on My Mind.”

Virgin Radio presenter Amy Vose, whose show precedes Norton’s, said she was “disappointed” to see him leave but said he had “put in a shift” and would get his weekends back. He said he felt it.

Norton read out a number of messages from listeners saying they would miss him, one of whom admitted they were “distraught” but wished him a good night’s sleep, to which Norton responded: . It’s nice, but I’m thinking, ‘I’m not going to do this next week.’ ”

His final show will include a regular segment with Bake Off star Martha Collison cooking up a storm, and this week’s recipe is Norton’s favorite, braised tofu udon.

His long-time presenting partner Maria McErlane will also be joining him for another edition of Graham’s Guide, where the pair will be looking to help listeners find solutions to their problems.

The final show will also include a chat with actor Callum Scott Howells, who stars in the new BBC drama The Way, and actress Laura Donnelly, who stars in the West End play California Hills. It’s planned.

Norton started the show with a number of upbeat songs, including Cher’s “Believe” and Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”

he said before performing Dua Lipa’s new single Houdini. “This woman was on my chat show on a Friday night and I was very impressed. She is very casually charming but clearly bright and has a vision and determination that she enjoys. All the success we have is well deserved.”

Norton, 60, made the bombshell announcement on his Saturday morning show just yesterday, saying he wanted to

Norton, 60, made the bombshell announcement on his Saturday morning show just yesterday, saying he wanted to “take back weekends” after 13 years of presenting.

Announcing the news of his departure live on Saturday's show, Graham said:  ``Today's program will be different from the usual program because I have something to announce.'' I feel kind of sick! I’ll be here at Virgin Radio on the weekends.”

Announcing the news of his departure live on Saturday’s show, Graham said: “Today’s program will be different from the usual program because I have something to announce.” I feel kind of sick! I’ll be here at Virgin Radio on the weekends.”

Virgin Radio has revealed that Angela Scanlon will be appearing in the coming weeks, telling listeners to

Virgin Radio has revealed that Angela Scanlon will be appearing in the coming weeks, telling listeners to “be prepared for an exciting announcement”.

At the start of Sunday’s show, he shared a selfie on Instagram of himself sitting in a Virgin Radio presenting chair and wrote: “Let’s go!” Last spin!!

“Thank you @virginradiouk and everyone who listened along the way!!! 3 hours left – don’t swear!!!”

Explaining his decision to leave on Saturday morning’s show, Norton said: “For 13 years I’ve been working on weekends between here and my old home, but my life has changed a bit and I just want my weekends back.” Only,” he said.

He said fellow Irish presenter Angela Scanlon, who competed on Strictly Come Dancing last year, will be in the mornings for the next few weeks until “various announcements” are made about who will take over the slot permanently. He confirmed that he will be filling the slots from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m.

Mr Scanlon also reacted to the news, commenting on Virgin Radio’s joint Instagram post with Mr Norton: “I miss you already.”

Norton joined Radio 2’s Saturday 10am-1pm show in 2010, replacing Jonathan Ross.

In 2021, she moved to Virgin Radio and the BBC slot became Claudia Winkleman. The Strictly Come Dancing and Traitors presenter plans to leave the show in March, saying he wants to spend more time with his growing children.

Norton also hosts the eponymous Friday night chat show on BBC One and is central to the broadcaster’s Eurovision coverage.

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