The DJ told listeners: "Thanks for supporting us and, with the risk of sounding ridiculously cheesy, for making all our dreams come true." Moyles is Radio 1's longest-serving breakfast show DJ. He will be replaced by Nick Grimshaw on 24 September. He ended the show with a special "goodbye song" recorded by his team.
Moyles cued it up, with his final words: "I've said it a million times, goodbye and thank you." The lyrics poked fun at the show's history: "We've had a lot of fun, we moaned when we were tired, and every single month we cme close to being fired". The DJ's swansong received more than 120,000 texts from listeners, while others showed their support on Twitter using the hashtag #ByeChrisMoylesShow. His three-and-a-half-hour programme also featured messages from Coldplay's Chris Martin, Jamie Oliver, McFly and Sir Terry Wogan.
"We just got through all of it and here we all are celebrating us, and I'm really proud," said Moyles, who has been at the station for 15 years. The self-styled "Saviour of Radio 1", the star's audience peaked at 7.9 million in 2010, but listenership has dropped to 6.93 million in recent months. At 38, Moyles has also been criticised for being too old for Radio 1, which is currently struggling to attract a younger audience. His replacement is 10 years younger, and has been instructed to play twice as much music as the notoriously talkative DJ.
Pop band McFly recorded a special video to their track Star Girl, changing the lyrics in honour of the show's long-running 'McFlyday' feature.
American voice-over man Paul Turner also joined the show, via Skype, live from Philadelphia.
Members of the team, including Aled Jones and producer Freya Mehta, were close to tears as they said their on air goodbyes, while newsreader Dominic Byrne said he was reading the news "for the last time" on Radio 1.
Comic Relief boss Richard Curtis also paid Moyles' team a visit in person to thank them for their support of the charity over the years. The film-makers described them as some "of the greatest fundraisers in the history of Comic Relief", after they raised £10.4 million through various challenges.
Last year, the show raised millions and set a world record when Moyles and sidekick Comedy Dave spent 52 hours on air in a continuous show.
Chris Moyles Goodbye Song can be watched here.
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