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Big Brother winner Kate Lawler quits Virgin Radio hosting gig after six years

"Thank you for listening."

Former Big Brother winner Kate Lawler has revealed that she is stepping down as a presenter on Virgin Radio.

The star, who has been a mainstay on the station for six years as a drivetime presenter, confirmed that she wants to spend more "quality time" with her daughter before she starts nursery.

Taking to her Instagram account, Kate posted a picture of herself in the studio, revealing that her last day will be tomorrow (March 30).

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"Some news …. This will be my last week on @virginradiouk Drivetime after SIX wonderful years with the station," she captioned the photo. "It's not been an easy decision for me to make and I know that I'll return to radio broadcasting in the future but right now, it's time to take a break."

Thanking her bosses for being "incredibly understanding and supportive of my decision", Kate confirmed they were "holding the door open when the time is right to come back".

"I've loved working here over the past six years and I'm so grateful they wanted to make returning to work for me as easy as possible and allowed me to work flexibly, three days a week," she continued.

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"I really tried to make it work while juggling lots of other projects and being a Mother, however right now, it's no longer possible to continue the way I have been.

"I want to be more present as a Mum, to spend as much time with my daughter before she starts nursery, then school, and to enjoy quality time together. I never did enough of this during maternity leave because of mental health issues and taking on too much other work outside of radio."

The presenter went on to admit it was "serendipitous" that her final show is on the 30th, as it's when the station re-launched a few years back.

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"I've had the most incredible ride here at Virgin, doing the best job in the world," Kate said. "Hosting a live radio show is magical and nothing beats the buzz of sitting in a swivel chair, putting on a pair of headphones, pushing up the fader and talking to people as they go about their daily lives.

"I've loved playing songs that I hope have made you spontaneously dance or air drum, sing out loud or bring tears to your eyes, like they have for me. I hope you've enjoyed our afternoons and early evenings together as much as I have as well.

"Thank you for listening, for joining in the fun and making me laugh when I've needed it. How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. X".

Last year, Kate announced the arrival of her daughter, Noa Daisy Ilse, with her fiancé Martin.

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