Shelagh: "It was simply time for a change."
So, the deed is done. I told Nicky a few days ago that I'd be leaving Breakfast and presenting the lunchtime show next year. It wasn't an easy thing to do - the deciding or the telling - but it was simply time for a change.
Seven years ago, having already broadcast with Nicky, on and off, I remember telling him I thought we'd be quite a force on the breakfast radio scene. Why? The man is a ball of energy and inventiveness, and I'm good with children!
If we were going to be in people's living rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, and cars, five days a week, then people needed to feel what we did - that even though it was early, cold, busy, Monday, they were in the company of friends and there was fun to be had.
I've laughed till it hurts during my time on the show and hope our listeners have too. If I can take even half of what makes Breakfast so fantastic and translate it into my first real solo flight on 5 live, we'll do all right.
Till then, there's plenty more fun to be had with us until the end of April. Then and only then will I tell him and anyone who'll listen just what it means to me. Now back to work...