Gary Barlow, James Corden and Pixie Lott pay tribute to Chris Moyles as he leaves Radio 1

Chris Moyles spent a record eight and a half year on the breakfast show Photo: Andy Butterton/PA Wire

Outgoing Radio 1 breakfast host Chris Moyles has been given a special send-off by showbiz pals.

Ant and Dec hosted a This Is Your Life-style farewell on his penultimate morning show which was unusually broadcast in front of a live audience of 200-plus fans.

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.. Tomorrow is my last show. It's been an incredible rollercoaster of a few lows and a million highs. Overall, the best job ever. Thank you.

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.. To Radio 1, my team and the millions of listeners and fans we have, I honestly can't thank you enough for making my dream come true...

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Almost the end of a day of mixed emotions but ultimately an amazing day. Today's show proved that I have the best team and audience ever...

Other guests included James Corden, Gary Barlow, Billie Piper and Pixie Lott who turned up to wish him well along with listeners at the BBC's Radio Theatre in London.

Geordie duo Ant and Dec produced their own big red book as they looked back on his career and brought out friends and guests from Moyles's eight and a half year stint on the breakfast show - the longest tenant of the prestige slot since the station launched in 1967.

Chris Moyles with Gary Barlow, James Corden and Ant and Dec Credit: @antanddec

Among the famous figures for the spoof review of his tenure was his predecessor Sara Cox, Davina McCall and Fearne Cotton.

Cheryl Cole - one of Moyles's fellow trekkers during a Comic Relief challenge to climb Kilimanjaro, along with Barlow - sent a message of support.

She said: "I'll never forget the memories we've shared," she said. "So best wishes from me, and happy new chapter."

Music guests also included Rizzle Kicks, with whom Moyles recently recorded a track, in which they exchange banter, poking fun at each other's ages.

Moyles - one of the corporation's highest paid presenters - joked that his departure would leave a huge hole in the schedules, but would save the BBC a huge amount of money.

Fellow Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw is to take over the programme later this month.

New Dawn: Nick Grimshaw will take over from Chris Moyles Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire