Chris Evans is all smiles as he leaves the BBC ahead of new challenge at his 'spiritual home' Virgin Radio

The 52-year-old star – who revealed yesterday he's quitting his job on the station's hugely popular morning show – looked relaxed and ready for a challenge as he finished his shift at the broadcaster's Wogan House.

On Monday, Chris revealed his departure from the BBC on his Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

And within two hours he revealed he had jumped ship for Virgin Radio.

He later said of his new job: “It makes me smile every time I think about it.”

Announcing his plans to move on, he said: “I’m going to leave Radio 2. Some of us are mountain climbers.

"If you get to the top of your favourite mountain, you become a mountain observer, so I’ve got to keep climbing.

“I’m going to go and go again and I’m going to start up on a brand new adventure.”

He has been at the BBC for 13 years, eight of them on the Breakfast Show — the UK’s most listened-to radio programme,

Evans added: “I’ve loved every second. The last 13 years have flashed by in what seems like the blink of an eye.

“I honestly think The Breakfast Show is currently as positive, useful, sunny and inclusive as it has ever been, in fine shape for its next custodian.

"Whoever that turns out to be, I wish them all the very best, they’re in for an absolute blast.”

Evans later told The Sun about his delight at returning to Virgin 17 years after he last hosted the station’s breakfast slot.

He said: “In many ways Virgin Radio is my spiritual home.

“I see nothing but exciting and ground-breaking opportunities ahead.

"In a medium that is changing so quickly on a daily basis, the potential for growth is unprecedented.

"Our plan is to give it all we’ve got, see where we can get to and have the most possible fun along the way.

"It makes me smile every time I think about it.”

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