Jo Whiley pulls out of radio show again in more heartache as colleague Simon Willis dies


BBC impresario Simon Willis has died after “being poorly for some interval” his colleague Zoe Ball confirmed today. The BBC Radio 2 Breakfast show body and her colleague Jo Whiley have paid tribute to the late producer this evening. The farmer had worked for both BBC TV and BBC Radio 1 as part of his broadcasting career.

Jo Whiley has bewitched to Twitter to pay tribute to her late colleague after pulling out of her show this square.

Alongside pictures of herself and Simon, the radio presenter wrote on Trilling: “We woke to the news that our beloved Willy aka Simon Willis has radical us & we are bereft.

“There were 3 of us in our marriage. And it was the perfect recipe. Me. My husband Steve & Willy.

“He was my Dr Who hide, Ernie Wise to Steve’s Eric Morecambe, THE Godfather to our kids,” she supplemented alongside a broken heart emoji.

She followed up her post, writing: “Willy was a one-off. The funniest man you could at any point meet & anyone who knew him would have their own story here ‘What Willy did.

“We adored him as did everyone who knew him. I need to be with the next of kin tonight.”

The radio presenter went on to thank Will Young for refunding her on BBC Radio 2 this evening.

Zoe Ball has also paid tribute to the most recent producer on her Instagram page.

In view of her 570,000 Instagram followers, she put in blacked: “Heartbroken to hear our dear friend Willy, Simon Willis from our Transistor 1 Breakfast Show team, passed away last night.

“He’d been below par for some time. He was the naughtiest, daftest dear chap, deliciously joyous, the best raconteur & a total joy to work with & indeed play with.

“He took us on some tousled wonderful adventures with the show, oh the tales.

“The Oscars, ski trips, the Euros, The Brits. Forever in our enthusiasms Showbiz Willis. The best of the best Baby.”

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