Veteran broadcaster Steve Allen has announced that, after 44 years, he will be leaving the LBC radio station.
"My contract with LBC is up shortly and, following discussions, I'm stepping down from LBC today," the 68-year-old tweeted on Friday.
It has been an honor and a privilege to have you all as listeners for the past 44 years, and I want to thank you all for that. ".
The station's longest-tenured host was thanked by Global for his "enormous contribution," according to a spokesperson.
According to a statement released on Friday, "Steve Allen's contract with LBC is soon up and, following discussions with him, Steve is stepping down from LBC today.
He is one of the UK's longest-serving radio broadcasters, and we thank him for his enormous contribution to commercial radio over the past 44 years. ".
Before broadcasting to employees in United Biscuits factories across the nation, Allen first worked as a nightclub DJ.
He began working for LBC in 1979 as the Night Extra program's host, but is best known for hosting the early morning show, where he discussed news items from the previous day's newspapers.
In addition to his live radio work, Steve Allen also toured with his "audience with" stage show and recorded his Steve Allen In Conversation programs.
He published a book titled So You Want to be a Celebrity? in 2015.
For remarks he made in 2021 about Strictly Come Dancing contestant Tilly Ramsay, for which he later offered a private apology, the broadcaster received hundreds of complaints.