Fox FM’s Byron Cooke breaks down in tears as he announces he’s quitting the Fifi, Fev & Byron show after five years – and admits ‘it has not been an easy decision’

Byron Cooke has announced he is leaving Melbourne radio station Fox FM after five years to focus on his new podcast and spend more time with his family.

The radio presenter, who co-hosts the Fifi, Fev & Byron breakfast show, broke down in tears live on air on Thursday morning as he told listeners of his decision.

‘I’ve been here quite a few years. I don’t know how to say this but this is going to be my second last show with you guys,’ he began his resignation speech.

‘This has not been easy’: Byron Cooke has announced he is leaving Melbourne radio station Fox FM after five years to focus on his new podcast and spend more time with his family

He added: ‘As of next year, I won’t be on the show. I’ve made a decision to move on to other challenges. This is actually quite difficult but I’m moving on.’

Byron added that he’d struggled getting up at 4.30am every day for the past five years, and this schedule meant he hadn’t been able to do ‘much else’.

‘It’s just hard… It’s not because I don’t love being it, but I just can’t do seven things at once. This has not been easy,’ he said tearfully.

'It's just hard': The radio presenter, who co-hosts the Fifi, Fev & Byron breakfast show, broke down in tears live on air on Thursday morning as he told listeners of his decision. Pictured with his co-hosts Brendan Fevola (left) and Fifi Box (centre)

‘It’s just hard’: The radio presenter, who co-hosts the Fifi, Fev & Byron breakfast show, broke down in tears live on air on Thursday morning as he told listeners of his decision. Pictured with his co-hosts Brendan Fevola (left) and Fifi Box (centre)

‘To be able to do some other things I want to do, I can’t do this as well because I just don’t have the energy,’ he explained.

‘Hopefully how I set up my life now, I’ll have more flexibility to spend time with my son and my beautiful girlfriend, Alex.’

Byron joined Fox FM in 2015 after it was announced Dan Anstey would be leaving.

Career: Byron joined the radio station in 2015, and has co-hosted the Melbourne breakfast show with Brendan Fevola and Fifi Box since 2017

Career: Byron joined the radio station in 2015, and has co-hosted the Melbourne breakfast show with Brendan Fevola and Fifi Box since 2017

He has co-hosted the Melbourne breakfast show with Brendan Fevola and Fifi Box since 2017.

Byron will be replaced by comedian Nick Cody, who currently co-hosts Triple M Brisbane’s breakfast show.

He launched his new podcast, The Byron Cooke Show, earlier this month.

New role: Byron will be replaced by comedian Nick Cody (left), who currently co-hosts Triple M Brisbane's breakfast show

New role: Byron will be replaced by comedian Nick Cody (left), who currently co-hosts Triple M Brisbane’s breakfast show

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