Chris Evans to say 'TFI Friday!' once again as he replaces Adrian Chiles on The One Show

Chris Evans is to return to our television screens on Fridays to host BBC1's The One Show, replacing Adrian Chiles.

The appointment comes more than a decade after Evans resigned from Radio 1 on air after the station refused to let him have Fridays off.

But Evans, 44, once the enfant terrible of broadcasting, is now one of its biggest stars.

Part-time: Chris Evans (left) will replace Adrian Chiles on Friday nights

In January he took over from Sir Terry Wogan as Radio 2's weekday breakfast presenter.

The One Show move has been seen as an attempt by BBC bosses to rekindle Evans' previous popularity on Channel 4's TFI Friday in the 90s.

It emerged last autumn that BBC executives wanted Evans to take over from Chiles on Fridays, alongside Christine Bleakley.

The proposals included giving the hour-long Friday shows an entertainment focus.

However Chiles, who was caught unaware of the plan, threatened to quit as a result. 

Months of negotiations followed in a bid to keep Chiles on board to front the show four days a week.


He reportedly turned down an offer to move to ITV to remain with the BBC after news of Evans' potential appointment was leaked.

But it is now believed that Chiles is likely to stay with Evans taking over on Fridays, but Chiles is yet to sign a new BBC deal.

A One Show source told the Guardian: 'A deal has been agreed for Chris to do Fridays'.

A BBC spokeswoman said: 'While we do not discuss contracts Adrian is part of our plans for the future of The One Show.'


It is not yet known how many editions of the programme Evans will be doing.

However it is believed that a sticking point has been whether Fridays should be purely entertainment led as this would lead to a change in balance of the show on Mondays to Thursdays.

Another source added: 'There has been a lot of talking about what happens if entertainment is saved for Fridays, does it change the show too much? It's still being discussed but the fact is that Adrian will not be required on Fridays.'

Chris Evans has mellowed since his early days as a DJ and presenter. He controversially resigned on air in 1997 but was signed up to Radio 2 as its drivetime presenter in 2005.

The One Show has been a big success for the BBC since it was launched four years ago.

It has changed early evening viewing on BBC1 and propelled Chiles and Bleakley into the spotlight. Ratings have steadily risen, peaking at 7.4million in January.

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