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Hello You Fools I Love You

Chris Evans | 15:53 UK time, Monday, 25 July 2011

Oh my goodness me, do you have any idea how truly wonderful it was to be back at work today? For sure, my job is far less like work than most peoples', but nevertheless let me assure you how much I have missed it over the last fortnight. More than ever before.

And why particularly now? I can only presume it's because it's the most enjoyable it's ever been.

There's always so much going on, so much to talk about, so much energy, so many personalities and so many opinions. I am lapping it up, I woke up this morning before the alarm I was so excited.

And how about Vassos our new sports guy. The nicest man in sport and showbusiness, Jonny, has been replaced by . . . the nicest man in sport and showbusiness. Vassos is so supercool we are going to have to check his DNA for traces of cucumber.

Here's to tomorrow and the next day and the next day and. . . you get the gist.

See you on the radio





  • Comment number 1.

    yo Chris
    So good to have you back!
    Hello to everyone else, looking forward to seeing some of you on Saturday

    Tiggs xxx

  • Comment number 2.

    Hello Chris

    Lovely to have you back.

    Hi Tiggs and everyone.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 3.

    Christoff, oh Christoff
    So good to have you back
    Christoff, oh Christoff
    With you, morns are black!


  • Comment number 4.

    Hi Chris:

    Well, let me assure you, it is wonderful to have you back! Chris, it is so obvious how much you love your job - the show just keeps getting better - I don't know how that's possible, but it's true. And, yes, I did like Vassos this morning - missed my lovely Jonny of course, but I will get used to Vassos!

    C xx

  • Comment number 5.

    Hehe! Writing poetry and watching cricket in the afternoons .... whatever next!?!

    Seriously CLP, it's just not the same without you in the mornings. So glad to have your jovial tones back in our ears this morning. And the Vassos/Moira dynamic sounds very promising indeedy!

    No more holidays, you hear?!?!


  • Comment number 6.

    CLP - welcome back, you have been missed!


  • Comment number 7.

    Hello CE & Everyone.

    Welcome back Chris!

    It must be wonderful to have a job that you enjoy so much and so exciting to meet so many stars but you yourself Chris are the biggest star of the breakfast show. You make it what it is.

    We are missing Jonny but Vassos seems to be a good replacement.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 8.

    Oh my goodness me, do you have any idea how truly wonderful it is to have you back at work, Christoff? I listened to the breakfast show just the once whilst you were off, and that was enough!

    I think Vassos is a worthy replacement, although am missing Jonny, but hey ho, onwards and upwards.

    Thanks for the heads up next door Tiggs.

    Mr PF returned to work today after 2 weeks off and just look at the weather, blooming sweltering! Typical!!

    Hi to everyone.

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 9.

    Welcome back CLP, so good to have you back on the air.

    Hello everyone.



  • Comment number 10.

    Hello Christoph,

    Boy have I missed you. Last night it was really weird because I kept thinking I'm really looking forward to Monday morning. This morning I was awake and showered before my alarm went off and sitting in my lounge with my porridge and cup of tea ready to welcome you back. So good to have you back Chris and yes I miss our lovely Jonny but I think I could get used to Vassos ;o) xx

    See you the same time tomorrow ;o)

    Mary xx

  • Comment number 11.

    Afternoon each

    So glad to have you and the blog back Chris. Didn't hear all of the show this morning as I was faffing about but did hear the new Jonny - a worthy replacement.

    Back in a bit. xxxx

  • Comment number 12.

    Oh hooraaaayyyyy you are back, I have a confession to make I am so use to not having the radio on in the morning because of you being on holiday and cant get on with the replacement I forgot to put you on this morning. Remembered when I got in the car. It just started my day off correctly to hear you being jovial this morning.

    Anyway hope everyone had a good weekend, twas a strange one this weekend with things going on in the world. Harvesting has commenced on the allotment and we have a bounty of potato's, courgettes and toms. Leg and back muscles have done a good work out too.

    Deevs - saw your message on t'other side looks like you had bostin fun on Saturday.

    Have a good evening and rest of the week everyone.................. Christof is back so normal service has resumed. Woooo Hoooo

    CB xx

  • Comment number 13.

    hello ladies, lovely to see you all too.

  • Comment number 14.

    PS - any lurkers? still a few old names missing. maybe today you would like to say hi :-)

  • Comment number 15.

    three in a row?

  • Comment number 16.

    woohoo (I will leave it there)

  • Comment number 17.

    cockneybird - it was indeedy fab! (even if they do talk funny loike!!)

    All ready and packed for zumba and swim but really hard to tear myself away from the cricket!


  • Comment number 18.

    Happy to have you back ,hope you enjoyed your holiday

  • Comment number 19.

    Hello everyone. Got out of the habit of blogging I am afraid. I will head to the naughty step immediately. Before I go, I have to agree "Welcome back CLP" not the same without you on the radio in the morning.

  • Comment number 20.

    ....and "Hi!" Baggy

  • Comment number 21.

    Hi all

    wpfeww (is that how it is spelt?) welcome back Chris, we enjoy you being on the radio as well. I agree with Deevs, no more holidays (or at least if you have to go away, pleeeeease can you leave your replacement a set of instructions about how to do a breakfast show - including Rule number 1. 'You must play the Candyman on Friday morning at 8.05!!!!')

    Sorry we were not able to share our feelings over this strange weekend - another thing for you to take note of Chris, the blog must not shut down when you are away - couldn't somebody guest blog? and I don't mean your replacement either (his tweets are plenty enough to read......)

    Anybody else got some rules for CE holidays?


    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 22.

    My rule would be 'no talking over the guests'. RM makes me think of Tigger - can't keep still and quiet.


  • Comment number 23.

    That Chris is back
    With all the rest!

    That Vassos' here
    And Lyn as well
    Now Moira's back
    With news to tell!

    Mary, glad it wasn't just me! I was off today and still switched my alarm on just to listen

    Welcome Vassos! Good to hear you settling in. Look forward to meeting you

    First day of the school hols and I haven't had to strangle anyone yet - always a bonus I find!

    A tidying and sorting sort of day - sets us up for funtime over the next few weeks!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 24.

    hi everyone
    i'm still lurking, just had to say the radio went back on today...nuff said xxx

  • Comment number 25.

    Exactly Loli xx

    Got to work, got home, nuff said...lol

    Job interview in Leeds, they want me to work in the a**e end of Liverpool, so turned it down :(

    Shame for me and them, I guess...

    JG x

  • Comment number 26.

    Oh, I feel guilty. Neighbour, who is about the same age as me, asked me if she could put her rubbish in my bin as she finds her bin too heavy to move. She and her son have been filling my bin up when I'm not around so I've just put a note on mine to say please don't put any more rubbish bags in here as I won't be able to move it. Honestly, why do people take the p? I didn't mind the odd rubbish bag but I'm getting annoyed now.

    Sorry, rant over. xxxxx

  • Comment number 27.

    Welcome back CLP - I know it's been said before, but that's cos we mean it!!!

    Like cockneybird, I almost forgot to tune in this morning til I realised you'd be back on the airwaves all bright and breezy from your hols, and thank goodness - there you were, yippee!

    Now I can get up earlier AND happier tomorrow and the next day and the day after...

    Hello to all from another lurker, hugs are readily available to all who need or want them{{{{}}}}

    AnnieOakley xxx

  • Comment number 28.

    Whey hey..normal service resumes.
    Welcome back Chris,hope you had a lovely break,it was fab to hear your dulcett tones this morning(have had to resort to a commercial station during your absinthe) and Vassos seems to have slipped effortlessly into the great Johnnys shoes.......

  • Comment number 29.

    Oh, please don't get me started on bins....

    Night all xx

    JG x

  • Comment number 30.

    Greetings Of 'ello Christoff The Boy Evans & ALL Bloggies...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    'ow's it goin???@?

    CLP - Yer seem a little over excited in yer blog terdee..... In the words of The Winner... Well not the EXACT same words... But down a similar line/ gist of the situation.... 'Calm down.... calm down.... It's only a commercial.... radio station!!!!!!!!'

    Actually it's notta commercial radio station.... It's Radio 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My GOOOOODNEEESSSSSS.... Suddenly a realise why yer so excited CLP man!!!!!!!!

    In fact am getting a little over excited meself.... RADIO 2... 'ome of The Bruce.... The Winkleman.... The Boazman.... The Mayo.... The Yerself CLP...... AND.... AND my goodneeeesss The Wright (when a say 'ome... a don't mean all the above mentioned live at R2... A mean 'ome of their broadcasting prowess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Suddenly am feeling so excited too that am gonna 'ave ter end this blog commentation and go for a strong lucozade!!!!!!!!!


  • Comment number 31.

    PS A goot so excted a nearly forgot ter say:

    The Vassos dude..... Welcome ter R2 & INDEED the most nice CLP Breakfast Gig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Vassos..... Sounds like a Czechoslovakian F1 driver!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 32.

    A can just imagine Murray Walker - The Talker.... commentating live on BBC TV..... "oh YES.... coming DOWN the straight is the german driver Vetel gaining on dutchman Verstappen..... And oh my goodness CATCH-ING them BOTH... Is the NEW boy.... Czechoslovakian VASSOS!!!!!!!!!!!!"

  • Comment number 33.

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  • Comment number 34.

    PPS ALL - Am off ter Thailand again soon... Ter go dancing with my special Thai sweetheart.... She likes dancing all!!!!!!!!

    As a wanter impress 'er... Am taking no chances at all at getting me left foot mixed up with me left.... So ave been watching this tutorial video for advice >>>>


  • Comment number 35.


    Hi Chris, we follow you everyday. This is my 10 year old daughters 1st try at a youtube video. It would be great if you could have a look and if you like post for others to see, she wants to go global!! It's not a long one and very clever, I laughed especially at the credit screens. Thanks, Ali Smith [Personal details removed by Moderator]

  • Comment number 36.

    Hey Chris,
    It must have been a great holiday, you've gone back in time to 2010?
    Or is it just me feeling old and we're not really in 2011?
    Good to have you back ole boy.

  • Comment number 37.

    hiya everyone

    welcome all the newbies, Alismith, loved the youotube video, couldnt get any sound but looked great.
    Freddiesmum, well noticed.

    For those who are fan of furry babies, my Emo has got himself on twitter, his name is Emocat03 if you want to follow him, or your furry babies need a friend!

    Baggy (counting down the days to wsb on Friday)

  • Comment number 38.

    Morning All,

    Chris, welcome back, Sir.
    Whilst I don't mind Richard Madeley in the morning, he's no substitute for the energy you chuck out of the speakers.
    Great to have you back!

    Haven't been around for a while, but do catch up when I can.
    I wanted to leave a message on here for Johnny, but didn't get round to it.
    Suffice to say - I'll miss him and hope that he goes on to enjoy his vocation.
    The last show you did with him was superb, and the gifts you gave him were truly thoughtful.
    Vassos, sounds good already, looking forward o getting to know him better.

    Hi to everyone else. Hope you're all tip top.




  • Comment number 39.

    Morning All,

    Welcome back, indeed, Chris, you have been missed and a BIG welcome to Vassos, he sounds like a keeper :)

    I've not been around as it's been a mad couple of weeks. I went to stay with my Mum last week as my Dad was away and then this last weekend I went to Dorset to stay with friends. I am in week two of no hot water, hopefully they are coming next week to fit the new boiler. It's all a bit stressful. The new people have moved into my office, which has meant the office has shrunk in size and it's all a bit cluttered now, but my OCD will just have to get over it...lol.

    I hope all is well with you and yours, if not have a hug {{{}}} xx


  • Comment number 40.

    Hi everyone:

    Oooh, it's lovely to have the blog back!

    Not a lot to report from me, but just wanted to say hello. "Hello"!

    Annie: re: your bin - no way should you feel guilty. Your neighbour is indeed taking the p, especially if her son lives with her - what are they playing at?! Well done for leaving that wee note.

    JG: shame about the job, but just hang in there, something else will turn up.

    Busy day ahead for me, but no doubt I will find time to look out the window at the gorgeous weather we have today - I wish I was at home catching up with the laundry!

    Hope everyone is ok.

    C xx

  • Comment number 41.

    Good morning blogettes

    Isn't it great to have a new blog?

    Great weather at the weekend and it appears to be holding. Flower Show @ Tatton Park was heaving and never managed to get around it all.

    Better get on - hope all are OK.

    Regards PJ

  • Comment number 42.

    Hi Chris,

    welcome back to the airwaves! I can honestly say I missed you too...... Vassos sound like he is settling in very well, of course he will never be a JS but I am sure given time he will make his own mark on the show.

    I have been so busy recently that my feet do not seem to touch the ground! I have been fund raising for help for Heroes which has gone very well. Our golf match last Friday raised over £14,000! I have managed to attend the Queens Royal garden party at Buck house. I was delighted to be invited and the day did not disappoint at all, her majesty certainly knows how to throw a bash!

    Back to the bump and grind of work now with my main focus on me getting some of my holiday in before the sun goes behind a cloud for the summer.

    Keep smiling


  • Comment number 43.

    Hi PJ: yes, it's great to have the blog back. I was starting to get withdrawal symptoms!

    Keith: that's an incredible amount of money raised for such a wonderful cause. Really well done. Glad to hear the garden party went well - I would love to be invited to Buck House!

    C xx

  • Comment number 44.

    Where did my comment go? that's random?!!

    Anyhoo how are you all? I'm okay missing the R2 my office has gone to the Dark Side! I wouldn't mind but some of the songs are so rude now!

  • Comment number 45.

    It's lurkin' in the ether wit mine, Hannah!

    Testin' testin'.... Is there anybody there.. Talk to me, mother...


  • Comment number 46.

    hiya everyone (again)
    Keith - thats am amazing amount of money to raise - well done you xx

  • Comment number 47.

    Well THAT served me right. Renee 'as just spoken.

    Apparently 'er Vibrator thingy isn't workin'.

    "Pardon?" says I, alarmed.

    "You know, that whatsiname I put me feet on. It needs a thingy. A battery.

    Thank bejayzus for that.


  • Comment number 48.

    Any road up, what was I sayin'; OH YES; Welcome back Christoff!!!

    As happy as I am, it's as nothing compared to the unbridled delight of the GD, who, as she hurtles up the M58 to the Day-Job, has asked me to convey to you that if you go away once more and leave 'er to the mercy of Rich Madeley (bless 'im), she will personally forward to you the bill for her therapy.

    Me, I've bin' in Dublin listenin' to Rte 2FM, of the excellent Ryan Tubridy fame; and if anybody thought Ryan was rattlin' on a bit as 'e stood in for Graham Norton, you should cop for 'is stand-in on the morning show, Dave Fanning. That man has the fastest speakin' voice since Peter O'Sullivan 'ad a double espresso before the Grand National. I swear. When them two pop their clogs, they'll 'ave to beat their clacks to death wit a stick.

    So before I embark on Renee's pile a Things That 'Ave Fell Off, Things That Need A New Fuse and Things That 'Ave Got Stuck Behind The U-Bend... Talk about Welcome Home; I've seen 'appier faces on summat you see climbin' outa rock pool. Bless.

    Anyway, as I sat in line waitin' to embark HMS Mayhem at Dublin Port, imagine my delight upon hearing the daily quiz on 2FM.

    Seamus from Donegal.

    "What is the surname of the famous acting brothers, Jeff and Beau?"

    "Er... Peep?"



  • Comment number 49.

    Classic Clodagh, absolute classic xxx

  • Comment number 50.

    Clodagh!! Good to "see" you sweetcheeks!

    Just a quickie ..... weekend weather forecast for here on Saturday is 20 Degrees and SUNNY!

    If you're coming to the blog meet on Saturday can you please let me have your email address (via FB) as I'm going to put together the itinerary (in more detail) and email will be much easier than FB in terms of attaching maps and stuff.

    Ta muchly, you lovely lot.

    Back later.


    x x x

  • Comment number 51.

    Afternoon all

    Hurrah not only do we have CLP back, (no more RM please) but Clodagh's back as well!

    Sorry not been about much but been v busy - life getting in the way dontchaknow.

    Hope you all have a great time on Sat, we ca't go now as the GD has not one but two parties to go to on that day. 5 and a better social life than her parents!



  • Comment number 52.

    Andy, thats a shame not to meet you (I'm sure i owe you a pint or two).

    I've got a very special t-shirt to wear on Sat, can't wait!

  • Comment number 53.

    Hiya All

    Any chance of a little blog hug please?

    I've had a bit of a morning, almost the worst I could have at work, that have involved police, ambulance crews and a locksmith and I'm feeling a bit shakey now


    I'll be back later when my heart rate has calmed down

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 54.

    sezza - hugs - I think I have worked out what you do for a living, and if I am right, you do one of the most amazing jobs around xx

  • Comment number 55.

    Sezza, A mega big hug coming you way my Lovely xxx {{{{HUG}}}} xxx

  • Comment number 56.

    Good afternoon again blogettes:

    Sezza as requested blog hug on it's way. Don't take on so, sounds very traumatic.

    Deevs: Hoping to be there on Saturday - send all details please.

    Regards PJ

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  • Comment number 58.

    Hi again

    Clodagh: Where are my manners? Welcome back - long time no see - you've been missed!

    Regards PJ

  • Comment number 59.

    Afternoon everyone, nice and busy blog today which is lovely to see.

    Sezza what a morning, hugs coming your way, now get a cuppa sit down and breath.

    Everyone enjoy Saturday I cant make it unfortunately, got the Parents up this weekend to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary and off for a pamper day on Friday with me Mom which was her 70th birthday present in May.

    Got a South African traditional wedding shower on Saturday afternoon at a local hotel, never been to one before so should be interesting. I am going as an honorary member of the grooms family as he is from down saaarf too and has no family up here so I think I am the only one going. Should be interesting.

    Jakeygirl sorry to hear about the job but if it is not right for you then there is no point going any further with it. "Work to live, not live to work".

    Have a good afternoon everyone

    CB xxx

  • Comment number 60.

    Welcome back Clodagh.

    Hugs to Sezza.

    Pity about the job JG, I'm sure something else will turn up soon.

    Thanks for the organising Deev, I have been keeping my eye on the forecast and it looks fab!

  • Comment number 61.

    (((((Sezza))))). Take care of yourself. I hope you're not on taxi duty tonight. You deserve a large glass of whatever takes your fancy.

    Mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 62.

    Sorry for disappearing so abruptly there, boss walked in:

    Keith, well done on raising such a fantastic sum for HFH.

    This weather is absolutely beautiful here just now, unfortunately my colleague is off sick and I am having to work 8 till 5 so I can't get to enjoy it, never mind, could be worse.

    Have a good day everyone.



  • Comment number 63.

    Here is a hug specially for ......... {{{{{{{Sezza}}}}}}} x-x-x

  • Comment number 64.


    Ooooh, Clodagh, lovely to see you - and on top form, as always.

    Sezza: sounds like you had a truly awful morning. Take it easy this afternoon, if you can. xx

    CB: how lovely for your Mum and Dad celebrating their 50th anniversary - what an achievement! Hope you have a lovely time with your Mum on Friday.

    Gail: isn't it murder being stuck in the office on a day like today, given that we Scots get weather like this so rarely?!

    To everyone attending the meet on Saturday: hope you all have a really wonderful time. MrS and I will be clearing out the garage - something we didn't manage to do, during our holiday!

    Only another 3 hours until freedom!

    C xx

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  • Comment number 66.

    Hi Chris. Two weeks with RM as your replacement & FP on the newspapers eeek! Radio 2 loses me as a morning listener when you are away. I know you need time off but couldn't they find somone else please? Great to have you and the crew back. Long live the Chris Evans Breakfat Show

  • Comment number 67.

    I agree with Lynda! As much as I like Richard M. he's just not as funky, funny and effervescent on the radio (as he was on TV). I'd like to have Graham Norton as your replacement for when you go on holiday or are away.

    Vassos not only has a wonderful voice, he's a cutie as well. Glad you posted a picture of him ;-)


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