Elis James and John Robins leave Radio X

Wednesday 27th March 2019, 7:47pm

  • Elis James and John Robins are quitting their weekly Radio X show
  • The comedians have hosted their popular Saturday show on the station for five years
  • In a message thanking listeners they said they felt it was time for "a new challenge"
Image shows from L to R: Elis James, John Robins.

Elis James and John Robins have announced that they are to bring their popular weekly Radio X show and podcast to an end.

Broadcasting each Saturday from 1pm to 4pm, with the highlights also available as a top-rated podcast, the duo have been on air for five years.

However, they have now announced their last show will be this Saturday, 30th March. Robins revealed the news in a post on the show's Facebook page, explaining they felt it was time for "a new challenge".

His full statement is: "Elis and I have some news and we wanted you to hear it from us. We are stepping down from our Radio X show. Whilst this feels very strange and in some ways very sad, we're also excited about what the future holds. This Saturday 30th March will be our last show on Radio X.

"First and foremost, we want to thank every single one of you for the contribution you've all made to turning a commercial digital indie radio show into something truly special. We've received well in excess of 15,000 emails since we started five years ago, not only does this prove that our listeners are at the cutting edge of communication, but also how immeasurably they have shaped the show and helped create the wonderful community around it. We want to reassure you that the podcasts will stay up and this group will remain.

"We would also like to say, that we leave behind the most passionate, dedicated and lovely group of people at Radio X. Their passion and dedication and loveliness will continue to make the things they produce very special indeed. We have not left under a cloud of unproduceability, we didn't swear on air or slag off a Southampton-based singer/songwriter, we just felt the time was right for a new challenge and are so proud of the work we have done, and the friends we have made.

"And so to the really hard part. We will be saying goodbye to Producers Vin, Joe and Trav. Though I'm sure our professional paths will cross again someday, it is incredibly sad to be leaving such good friends. We owe them absolutely everything and could not have hoped to learn and be guided by such wonderful people. If the tone of the show has been welcoming, sensitive and kind, it is because the people who produced it all embodied those qualities. We will miss you guys.

"We will be taking some time off now but panic not! We will be back working together very soon. See you in a few weeks!"

Following the success of their award-winning show, the duo have toured live a number of times, and also published a tie-in book, The Holy Vible.


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Elis James & John Robins - The Holy Vible

Elis James & John Robins - The Holy Vible

Comedians Elis James and John Robins have captured the hearts and minds of a generation, and it's time those hearts and minds had a book.

The Holy Vible is a complete guide to the hilariously niche and wonderfully obscure world of commercial digital indie radio's most-unproducible hammer legends: Elis and John. The most exciting double act in comedy take on the big topics: shame, Queen, The Highway Code (and others).

First published: Thursday 18th October 2018

  • Publisher: Trapeze
  • Pages: 304
  • Catalogue: 9781409182375

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  • Released: Thursday 16th May 2019
  • Publisher: Trapeze
  • Catalogue: 9781409182382

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  • Distributor: Orion
  • Minutes: 600

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