BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball receives public apology from TV star after ‘terrible’ show snub

Comedian Iain Stirling confessed that he’s been feeling “terrible” about his betrayal of Zoe Ball, after letting her down over a planned appearance on her radio show. Recalling the occasion in a new interview with The Times, the star of the airwaves admitted: “I’d like to say sorry to Zoe Ball publicly.

“I slept in and missed her radio show, and I feel terrible about it.” The 36-year-old continued: “I would like to apologise to her and to David Tennant, who was also there, who I had really wanted to meet.

“Also, Mel Giedroyc, who is a fantastic human being, who I didn’t get to see that day because of my idiocy.” There have also been calls for the Love Island narrator to apologise to a glamour model after his comments about her saw him accused of “ageism”.

He appeared on Good Morning Britain back in January to discuss the launch of Love Island: All Stars when he said that contestant Hannah Elizabeth had already “been there and done that”. Ed Balls hit back that the 33-year-old was “young”.

Iain replied: “33 is quite young, but it’s not when you’re in a bikini trying to chat to 25-year-olds about what they do for a living.”

Despite his comments seemingly being misunderstood, he also stated on the show that Hannah was actually his favourite contestant of all time.

“I’m not really meant to reveal favourites but I’ve talked about my love for Hannah Elizabeth for eight years now,” he confessed.

“I think she was just so feisty and she’s sort of like a caricature of what a Love Island contestant is, in a wonderful way.”

Meanwhile, Zoe Ball also recently hit the headlines when she found herself “locked out of the studio”, while BBC veteran Tony Blackburn promised “anarchy” as he launched a takeover of her show.

The dramatic scenes unfolded the same week that Tony hung up his headphones for the final time, after having spent 43 years in his slot for BBC regional radio.

The stunt was orchestrated in order to celebrate 60 years since the launch of Radio Caroline – and the emotional moment left him feeling he was “back where he belonged”.

“We are back, the pirates are back! Zoe Ball has been locked out of the studio!” he announced triumphantly, before confessing that his colleague Johnnie Walker was supposed to have joined him but had “overslept”.

“I’m here, anarchy once again. We ARE pirates, we’re pirate Radio 2 and here we go, and for the next hour I’m going to play you proper music!” he joked.

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