'I just can't function in the morning': What Nick Grimshaw told BBC boss moments before being offered breakfast show
10:13 GMT, 12 July 2012
He currently hosts a late night radio show and is known for his social life with his celebrity friends.
So its no surprise new Radio 1 breakfast presenter Nick Grimshaw has admitted he's not a morning person.
When he was called into a 9.30am meeting on Tuesday with Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper, the 27-year-old admitted he thought he was in trouble.
New boy: Nick Grimshaw, pictured at New Broadcasting House yesterday, is the new Radio 1 breakfast host
Moments before he was offered the job as Chris Moyles' replacement, he told Cooper he wasn't on top form so early in the morning.
As he joined Moyles on the breakfast show this morning to discuss the changeover in September, Grimshaw said: 'When I went for the meeting at 9.30,
which is early for me, I went into the meeting and I was late and I
thought I was going to be in trouble. My agent knew and said it's not
'And I went in and said: “I'm really sorry I'm late Ben, I just can't function in the morning.” And he went (sighs) “OK”.'
Listeners of the breakfast show will know it begins at 6.30am, so it may be a struggle for nocturnal Nick.
Getting to know each other: Grimshaw and Chris Moyles cosy up in the studio this morning
As well as attract a younger demographic than 38-year-old Moyles is currently receiving, Cooper is planning to change the format of the show.
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I'm off: Moyles announced he was leaving yesterday after eight and a half years on the breakfast show
'I've only been up for 20 minutes. This is cruel, really cruel.'
When he returned, Moyles mocked Grimshaw for his celebrity friends.
He joked the guests on his first week of shows would be Lily Allen, Alexa Chung, Miquita Oliver and One Direction singer Harry Styles.
However after all the joking, the pair managed to show there was no hard feelings as they pretended to kiss in a photo on the BBC Radio 1 Twitter page.
Grimshaw admitted he had bound to secrecy after being offered the job on Tuesday morning and wasn't allowed to tell his closest friends when he partied with them at the Bacardi Beginnings party in Shoreditch later that day.
He said: 'We were going to put it out (on Tuesday),
but then they decided not to. Which meant that I couldn't tell anyone
for 24 hours, so I couldn't talk to anyone. It's been a weird day.'
On this morning's show, Moyles also mocked Greg James, who had widely been touted as his replacement, describing him as Greg 'crying-on-his-holiday' James.