Craig Charles has revealed he has “mixed feelings” about the loss of a show on BBC Radio 2 amid a major schedule change for the station earlier this year.
He is a 58-year-old DJ and actor, best known for his roles in Red Dwarf and Coronation Street, where he hosted the Craig Charles House Party on Radio 2 from 2016 until June 18 of this year.
Charles, who continues to host The Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show on Radio 6 Music every Saturday night, revealed in an interview with Radio Times that he’s disappointed he’s exited the Radio 2 slot. .
“I have mixed feelings,” he said, adding that he understood the decision.
“They didn’t give me a reason other than they just wanted a change.
“Never try to join a party if they don’t want you as a guest!
“I can’t do everything, and if something has to go, I’d rather it.”
In 2021 the BBC announced that Charles will also offer weekday afternoon slots on 6 Music from 1pm to 4pm.
He took over from Shaun Keaveny and has been presenting shows from Salford since October.
Radio 2’s recent schedule changes also included the closing of Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s show on Sundays from 10pm to midnight and Ana Matronic’s Dance Devotion Sunday slot from midnight to 2am.
Speaking to Radio Times, Charles confirmed he would not return to ITV’s Thorpe Coronation Street, where he played Lloyd Mullaney for more than a decade, until he made the “difficult” decision to leave in 2015.
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“My brother died, so I left. He was only 52. And the answer was no.
“I had a collie for 10 years and it felt like hiding there. It was very comfortable and difficult to leave.
“But I wanted a new adventure – and I had a new adventure.
“That’s life. It’s about moving on, not resting on your laurels, and making new memories.”
A full interview with Craig Charles is available at Radio Times.