Radio 1’s Scott Mills and Chris Stark sign off with emotional final song and huge honour from BBC

After announcing their departure from BBC Radio 1 in July, Scott Mills and Chris Stark have completed their final show for the broadcaster, after 12 years of presenting together.

Scott, 48, has been a staple at Radio 1 for more than two decades and is set to move to BBC Radio 2, where he will take over the 2-4pm slot, previously held by presenter Steve Wright since 1999.

Meanwhile Chris, 35, who started hosting with Scott in 2012, is set to leave the BBC completely and join Roman Kemp on Capital Breakfast.

The duo's final show at Radio 1 was unarguably emotional for everyone, from listeners to celebrities, and the pair made sure they pulled out all of the stops for their last ever broadcast.

The final opened with a montage of messages from listeners, including Scott's partner and Chris' wife and son, before Scott was informed that the BBC Radio 1 studio will be renamed after him.

During the Breakfast show with Greg James earlier in the day, Scott had joked about renaming the studio, but it later became a reality. The studio, previously known as 82A, will now be called 82 Mills.

“I can’t cope with this, it’s too much. I can’t believe it. That’s amazing. I am so sorry that has totally thrown me off. This is the ultimate honour thank you so much," Scott gushed on air.

Chris then added: “The first show from 82 Mills will ironically be our last.”

The memorable show then aired the final edition of Scott Mills The Musical starring West End actor Joe Taylor as well as 24 Years At The Tap End with the game’s theme tune re-recorded by Bastille.

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A number of celebrities had submitted goodbye messages as a surprise, including Tom Grennan, Joel Corry and Sam Ryder. Meanwhile, Radio 1 broadcasters past and present including Annie Mac, Mollie King and Jordan North also sent messages.

In his message to Scott, Greg James, 36, emotionally said: “You inspired me to get into radio and I will be forever grateful.” The montage ended with actor David Hasselhoff, who said: “I wish you nothing but the best.”

The show featured a number of songs that both Scott and Chris have championed over the years and Scott even played Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas, to continue to "tradition" of starting Christmas on the show.

Chris then shared an emotional goodbye message live on-air, and said that presenting alongside Scott has been the “biggest privilege”.

He said: “To you Scott, I can’t concisely say what I would like to say but you know this I think you’re the best, I am so proud of you. I want to say thank you to everyone who has listened to us. Radio is super personal and I have learnt so much, you just don’t take that for granted."

“It is the biggest privilege to provide a bit of light, it has been amazing to be your friend, I will never take that for granted," Chris said as he signed off from the Radio 1 show for the final time.

Scott followed this up with his own lengthy message, which he delivered as he tried to hold back tears.

He said: “I, like millions of you, have grown up with Radio 1, it has been more than half my life sat here talking to you. In that time I have publicly come out, met some of my best friends, had break-ups, found love and lost it, said hello and goodbye to family and every low this show has got me through and every high I have been lucky enough to celebrate, Radio 1 has been the constant through all this.

“We have done so much stuff over the last month, people have sent immensely kind stuff of what the show has meant to them, the truth is everything we have meant to you, you have meant to me."

“We are your friends, it is not an act or a performance, we are your friends. We were a safe space to a lot of mad things going on. Radio 1 is your mate. Thank you so much wherever you are listening right now….thank you to every single one of you. This show is nothing without you, your calls, texts, your friendship.

“If you ever feel there is no one there, if you feel lost, I will say one thing, turn on the radio.”


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