Fearne Cotton hosted her final Radio 1 show on Friday (May 22), playing Lana Del Rey‘s ‘Video Games’ as her last song.
Cotton confirmed the news of her departure in February, with Chart Show host Clara Amfo announced as her replacement. The host of the daily mid-morning show joined Radio 1 in 2005 and leaves after a decade at the station.
Following the likes of Kasabian, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Chvrches and more paying tribute to the presenter, both Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Tom Odell wrote songs especially for the occasion.
Martin’s song includes the lyrics, “Oh Fearne you made all of my mornings fly, Like the sun bursting through a cloudy sky, And you’ll be great at anything that you wanna try, Now it’s hard, but it’s time for us to say goodbye”. Listen to both songs below.
Ben Cooper, Controller, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra paid tribute to Cotton following her departure, saying: “Fearne has been an amazing ambassador for new music and Radio 1, and we want to wish her and her family all the very best for the future. I’m also so excited for Clara, as she represents the next generation of Radio 1 DJs bringing the best new music to young audiences in the UK.”
Cotton wrote in February regarding her departure, “It has also been a time of big decisions and one I want to share with you now. After much time and careful thought I have decided to leave Radio 1 after 10 amazing years. I have had the most incredible decade broadcasting on Radio 1, meeting wonderful people, helping break artists and watching live music from the world’s best. However it is now time for a new chapter.”
Fearne Cotton’s departure is the latest big change in Radio 1’s line-up following Zane Lowe’s exit in March.