Scott Mills struggled to hold back tears as he signed his last BBC Radio 1 show after 24 years telling listeners to “turn on the radio” if they feel lonely.
He DJ, who hosts his daytime show alongside co-host Chris Stark, chose One Direction’s Night Changes as the final track to wrap up his emotional final show on Thursday. End with the words: “Love you, goodbye.”
The 48-year-old man, who has been with Radio 1 for more than two decades, said: “I, like millions of you, have grown up with Radio 1, and have been sitting here talking to you for more than half a lifetime.
“During that time I made my public debut, met some of my closest friends as the person sitting across from me, I broke up, found love and lost it again, I said hello and goodbye to my family.
“Every low on this show that got me through and every high that I was lucky enough to celebrate was here, Radio 1 has been constant in all of this.
“We’ve done a lot of things and over the past month people have been sending incredibly kind messages about what the show means to them and the truth is all we mean to you, you mean to me.
“We are your friends, it is not a show or a show, we are your friends. We’re here to be stupid and to give people a little laugh and a little safe space for a lot of crazy and terrible things going on. Radio 1 is your life partner”.
In the show’s finale, Mills thanks his kind and loyal colleague Stark: “You make me laugh every day.”
He added: “This can be pretty weird but I can be pretty shy and quite nervous when the radio is off, and some days you show up and you need these people in your life to help you out. little.
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“Thanks everyone. This program is nothing without you, your calls, your messages, your messages, your companionship.
“If you feel like nobody’s there, if you feel lost, or if you feel like there’s nothing good around you, I’ll tell you one thing, turn on the radio.”
Mills has hosted various radio shows since 1998, including The Official Chart Show on Fridays since 2018.
Stark, 35, joined Mills as a co-host in 2012 – and the pair became famous for a number of comedic segments, including Innuendo Bingo and Whoo Game.
The final performance opened with a text message from the audience, including Mills’ associate and Stark’s wife and son before Mills was informed that BBC Radio 1’s studio would be renamed after him. .
Mills joked about the possibility of a studio name change during the Breakfast with Greg James show earlier on Thursday. The studio formerly known as 82A will now be called 82 Mills.
“I can’t deal with this, it’s too much,” Mills said. I can not believe it. Incredible. I’m so sorry that got me completely removed. This is the last honor, thank you very much. “
“The first show of 82 Mills will ironically be our last,” said Stark.
Mills’ final performance begins with the final edition of Scott Mills The Musical starring West End actor Joe Taylor and 24 Years At The Tap End with the game’s theme tune recorded by Bastille again.
The show also featured surprise goodbye messages from famous faces like Lewis Capaldi, Joel Corry and Sam Ryder.
Actor Jason Donovan said: “Thank you for the incredible moments over the past 24 years.”
Meanwhile, past and present Radio 1 broadcasters including Annie Mac, Mollie King and Jordan North also sent messages to Mills.
BBC Radio 1 Breakfast presenter Greg James said: “You inspired me to come to radio and I will forever be grateful.”
Editing ended with a note from American actor David Hasselhoff, with whom Mills had a long relationship, saying, “I wish you had nothing but the best.”
Stark’s daughter, Erin, participated in the show’s final Bangers segment, picking Mills’ We Don’t Talk About Bruno from Disney’s Encanto.
Playing Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas, Mills said: “Traditionally, Christmas starts on this show, but this is our last. You can’t hate it, it’s the last show, it’s four months until Christmas today.”
Their last show features songs they’ve championed for years including songs by Capaldi, Ryder, and Corry.
Years And Years singers Olly Alexander and Tom Grennan are among those tweeting about the final show, along with radio hosts Jameela Jamil and Rylan Clark.
Clark said: “If you didn’t cry when you heard @scott_mills…. You are dead inside. Love your life partner. “
While Grennan shared a lengthy message thanking the couple for believing in him.
“Without your support, I really don’t know where I would be,” he wrote. Sitting here, I realize that I owe you both so much and I wanted to take this moment to congratulate on such a great show together and such a great career at Radio 1.”
Northern Ireland DJs Dean McCullough and Bolton-born Vicky Hawkesworth will replace the pair to present a new daytime show that will run at 1:00pm-3:30pm Monday through Thursday September 5 .
Mills is moving to BBC Radio 2, where he will take the 2pm-4pm position, held by presenter Steve Wright since 1999.
Wright has announced that he will be giving up his afternoon show at the end of September after 23 years as part of the station’s schedule change.
Meanwhile, Stark will join Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp in the fall as well as take on a new role in Global’s podcast division developing sports content for Global Player.
Stark also currently co-hosts the sports show That Peter Crouch Podcast with the former footballer and The Pirate Ship with celebrity chef Tom Kerridge.
The couple enlisted the help of Scottish singer-songwriter Capaldi to announce the news of leaving BBC Radio 1 in July.
Capaldi, 25, shot a video of himself sharing the news, which was later shared on social media.
Mills has been a radio presenter since the age of 16, presenting a program on Southampton’s local radio station, Power FM.
After joining the BBC in 1998, Mills presented the breakfast program on BBC Radio 1 until 2004, after which he switched to doing weekend afternoons for six months.
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