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Chris Evans (British broadcaster)
Evans started his broadcasting career at Piccadilly Radio, working also at the BBC London radio station GLR. He found national celebrity as the co-host of The Big Breakfast in 1992 leaving in 1994. Evans formed his own production company Ginger Productions which has produced all his subsequent work. This included the show Don't Forget Your Toothbrush which was broadcast in 1994 and 1995. The format of this show was sold around the world.
In 1995 Evans joined BBC Radio 1 as the breakfast show host and significantly boosted its ratings. His spell at the station ended in 1996 when he was dismissed for not turning up to work, and demanding Fridays off. The demand was made in part because of the additional commitments he had taken on as the host of Channel 4's TFI Friday programme. Launched in 1996 the show ended in 2000 after viewing figures declined.
He went on to host Virgin Radio's breakfast show. On June 28, 2001 he was sacked by Virgin Radio after he allegedly went on a drinking spree and failed to turn up to present the Virgin Radio breakfast show. He attempted to sue Virgin Radio claiming that he was unfairly dismissed and denied share options worth £8.6m. On June 26, 2003 the judge decided that he had been fairly dismissed and was not entitled to the share options. Virgin Radio countersued and Evans was ordered to pay £1m towards Virgin Radio's legal costs.
He was included in the 100 Worst Britons poll, at number 12.
He married ex-singer Billie Piper in Las Vegas in May 2001. In September 2004 news stories circulated regarding the perceived end of the marriage. In spring 2005 it was confirmed that Chris and Billie would divorce.
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