To some he was a hero. To others, he was simply a fat lad who played some records. To his mother, he was the latter.
His achievements include gathering 8 million listeners at his peak, raising enormous amounts of money for Comic Relief and writing two autobiographies, mostly about himself.
Some would say though that his greatest achievement was not getting sacked, given the number of times the BBC felt they had to apologise for him. We'd like to list the people offended by him during his tenure, but this article has to come in at under 300 words. Let's just say: women. And also, men.
He was, however, a hugely successful DJ with a loyal following of fans and stars. Many celebs tweeted that the end of The Chris Moyles Show marked the end of an era. Others said that the man John Peel described as "DLT-in-waiting" should be knighted.
"He did some amazing charity work and I don't mean just playing our records," said one boyband member. "He also gave confidence to others who put their foot in their mouths on a regular basis. Every time I say something, really, really stupid or offensive, I think, 'I could be a Radio 1 DJ'. That is his gift to the world."
On Monday, Nick Grimshaw takes to the airwaves with big shoes to fill. The big question is, can he help us forget?
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