Reverend Richard Coles stated that he ‘felt quite hurtled towards the exit’ after quitting the BBC.
The 61-year-old presenter left Radio 4’s Saturday Live after 12 years in March. In 2011, he appeared on the corporation’s show.
His resignation from the programme, which was also hosted by Nikki Bedi, happened after it relocated from London to Cardiff.
‘I felt rather hurtled towards the exit. Working for an organisation like the BBC, you devote your energies to it and yet they perhaps don’t always respond with similar devotion,’ he shared.
‘It’s a fantastic national institution, and more power to it. It would simply be wonderful if it could tell that elbow from its arse every now and again,’ Coles remarked to Radio Times.
The former Church of England parish priest, who has been on BBC comedy shows such as QI, Have I Got News For You, and Would I Lie To You? before retiring from ecclesiastical responsibilities in 2022, also told the magazine that he expects to return to the BBC.
He had stated that ‘a kinder procedure would have been great’ days before his departure earlier this year.
‘It just feels a little bit rushed. It’s been frustrating for me having to wait for an announcement, and now it’s my last programme on Saturday. I’d rather have had a longer goodbye to listeners.
‘It just feels a bit sad. I’m sorry to go; I’ve loved the programme, I’ve loved the people I’ve worked with, and it’s been a big part of my life. I shall miss it,’ he told The Guardian newspaper.
In his original statement by the BBC, he said: ‘After more than a decade on Saturday Live the time has come to do something different, spend some time on other projects and get my weekends back.
‘I’ve loved my stint on the programme, my wonderful colleagues, guests and listeners, and most of all hearing people’s stories – catnip for a nosey man. I look forward to reappearing on the network in the future and wish the best to Nikki as Saturday Live continues.’
A BBC spokesperson told the publication: ‘Richard has been brilliant on Saturday mornings and very much continues to be part of the Radio 4 family.
‘We look forward to working with him on future projects.’
On March 25, the former Strictly Come Dancing 2017 participant signed off his radio programme, ‘thanking’ listeners for’sharing their experiences, shocking and affecting us, a nosy guy could want for no finer work’.
Bedi, 56, has agreed to continue presenting the weekend series in Cardiff.
Coles, a musician who was a member of the synth-pop group The Communards with Jimmy Somerville, continues to host The Rabbit Hole Detectives podcast with archaeologist Dr Cat Jarman and historian Charles Spencer.
Over the series, they chase ‘the provenance of historical objects both real and metaphorical’.
The BBC said it ‘invited both presenters to Cardiff to continue the programme’ and ‘his departure was marked on the final show, and he was given space to say farewell to listeners on air’.
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