Chris Moyles returned to the airwaves after three years away this morning as he launched his new breakfast show on Global’s Radio X.

The Leeds-born DJ, who spent eight and a half years at BBC Radio 1, was recently announced as the star name on the rebranded XFM station.

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He began the show at 6.30 this morning with the words “Hello again Great Britain – this is a bit weird isn’t it,” before adding: “I’ve been waiting for three years for this, sitting on my backside doing nothing, and now I’m back on the radio. That’s right, the money finally ran out.”

Moyles delivered a trademark long link before finally playing his first song at 6.58am – ‘Love Machine’ by Girls Aloud – which he suggested was a dig at a press release sent out saying the new station would be ‘male-focused’.

“There’s been a lot of ‘confused’ press about Radio X,” Moyles continued. “A lot of people took that as Radio X being a radio station for blokes. That was news to me… Let me be the first of many Radio X DJs to say ‘that’s a load of balls’. I don’t care if you’re male, female, gay, straight, white, black,” he commented. “It was just a marketing thing – it should never have gone out in the press release… It’s not a radio version of a Yorkie bar, it’s just a radio station. Everybody calm down.”

Moyles’ first guest on the show was Noel Gallagher.

Watch the new show’s opening here: