11/07/2012 07:45 BST

Chris Moyles Quits Breakfast Show To Spend More Time With His Ego

Chris Moyles broke the news today that he is to step down as host of Radio 1's breakfast show to spend more time with himself.

"It's about time I put those I love first," said the 38-year-old presenter. "Namely: me."

Making the announcement on the breakfast show on Wednesday, Moyles said: "For the last eight and a half years, my ego has had the best time of its life. We've been an amazing team together.

"But it's time I paid it the attention it deserves. Because if there's one person who loves listening to my voice more than my audience, it's me."

New Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper said in a statement: "I'd like to thank Chris. Quite simply he's been the most successful ego in Radio 1 history."

Moyles will present the show until September, when he goes on tour in his new musical Christopher Moyles Superstar - a show about a man who is crucified by the public but inexplicably goes on to be more popular than ever.