Alan Carr leaves BBC Radio 2 Saturday show

Alan Carr Carr won the BBC new comedy award for stand-up in 2001

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Alan Carr has announced he is leaving his Saturday evening BBC Radio 2 programme Going Out with Alan Carr.

"I've loved every minute of it but it's time to reclaim my weekends," said the comedian.

"I wish Radio 2 every success but I'll listen from my home in the future instead," he added.

It has been announced that Liza Tarbuck will replace him on the weekend evening show from May.

The Going Out with Alan Carr show first aired in 2009 with co-host Emma Forbes. She left in 2010 and was replaced by Melanie Sykes.

Lewis Carnie, head of Radio 2 programming, said Carr and Sykes had "made a terrific contribution to Saturday evenings on Radio 2".

He added that Radio 2 would announce its plans for a new Saturday evening show shortly.

Carr also hosts a chat show on Channel 4, Alan Carr: Chatty Man.

Recent guests have included Lady Gaga, Adele, Ricky Gervais, David Walliams and Ruth Jones.

The programme won a National Television Award earlier this year for best entertainment show.

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