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


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

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

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

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

“He was my Dr Who husband, Ernie About aware to Steve’s Eric Morecambe, THE Godfather to our kids,” she added alongside a shattered heart emoji.

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

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

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

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

In view of her 570,000 Instagram followers, she wrote: “Disappointed to hear our dear friend Willy, Simon Willis from our Announce 1 Breakfast Show team, passed away last night.

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

“He put into placed us on some wild wonderful adventures with the show, oh the tales.

“The Oscars, ski journeys, the Euros, The Brits. Forever in our hearts Showbiz Willis. The best of the unsurpassed Baby.”

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