Radio 2 star Zoe Ball ‘removed from air’ as BBC icon takes over show

Radio 2 fans hadn’t anticipated that Tony Blackburn would be taking the hot seat during what should have been Zoe Ball’s Thursday morning slot. The seemingly impromptu takeover lasted just one hour – but it left Zoe “removed from air” and “locked out of the studio”, according to Tony.

After signing off on his last show for BBC local radio earlier this week, with the track ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine’, he’d promised: “I look forward to being with you in other places.” However, no-one could have imagined that he would show up so soon in Zoe’s place.

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”.

He announced: “We are back, the pirates are back! Zoe Ball has been locked out of the studio!” 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! Here it is!” he continued. “I’m back where I belong on the breakfast show for goodness sake.

“I understand that Radio 5 Live is celebrating 30 years. We laugh at them. We actually laugh at Radio 5,” he playfully swiped. It had been an emotional week for Tony, as he finished his final BBC radio show after 43 years to focus on other projects.

In a post on Instagram, she explained: “Heartbreakingly our beautiful Mama Julia has been diagnosed with Cancer. As many of you know from experience, these are extremely tough times. Mum is being incredibly brave.

“My brother Jamie & I are completely in awe of the brilliant Doctors, Nurses & support teams looking after Mum. Thank you.”

She also added that she might not be able to appear as frequently as before.

“I’m trying to be at work on breakfast as often as I can but occasionally need to be home with my Mama,” she explained.

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