Charlie Sloth

Charlie Sloth leaves Radio 1 after awards show stage invasion

Rapper and DJ swore at podcaster Edith Bowman after losing out

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Radio 1 DJ Charlie Sloth has left the BBC station with immediate effect after a misjudged stage invasion went awry.

The 37-year-old rapper claimed the awards bash stunt on Thursday – in which he told fellow presenter Edith Bowman “[blank] your life” – was supposed to be joke.

But now the outgoing host of weekday evening show The 8th, due to leave the station anyway after announcing his departure earlier this month, has apologised for ‘pulling a Kanye’ after his gag fell flat.

Having lost out to Edith in the best specialist music show category at the ARIAS broadcasting awards ceremony in Leeds, Charlie jumped on stage and swore at the Scottish podcaster.

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“Edith Bowman, [blank] your life,” he said.

Charlie continued: “I just wanna say BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Saturday night rap show. [Blank] your life. God bless.”

He has since insisted the outburst was intended to be “bants”.

“I love Edith and like I said so does my mum,” he said.

“I’ve apologised to Edith privately, I’m sorry to anyone I upset.”

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Edith, 44, tweeted pointedly at Charlie the next morning and ‘liked’ a variety of supportive tweets criticising his behaviour.

North Londoner Charlie had presented shows on the network for nearly a decade before telling fans he had decided the time had arrived “to leave the BBC and seek a new challenge” on October 3.

“I joined the BBC as a boy and I leave as a man,” he told his 500,000 Instagram followers.

“Together we have created some moments that will live forever.”

Radio 1 said in a statement: “We have agreed with Charlie Sloth that he will not be presenting any further editions of The 8th and The Rap Show for Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

“New presenters will be announced for both shows in coming weeks.”

Edith Bowman

Edith Bowman

Edith Bowman

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