Entertainment Vanessa Feltz quits BBC radio shows after 21 years with broadcaster
Vanessa Feltz is leaving BBC Radio 2
The 60-year-old presenter, whose salary of more than £400,000 makes her the BBC's eighth-highest earner, has quit her early morning breakfast show after nearly 20 years on air. Ms Feltz said she had to step down 'to catch up on a much-needed decade's deficit of beauty sleep' and use her 'energy-boosting shut-eye' to 'frolic with her fiancé Ben Ofoedu 'who irritatingly remains 10 years younger than me.'Breaking down on her show this morning as she announced the news to her listeners, the star said she would 'try not to cry'.
Popular BBC radio star Vanessa Feltz has announced she is leaving two shows she hosts. The 60-year-old former Big Breakfast presenter has fronted Radio 2's Early Breakfast Show since January 2011 and BBC London's Breakfast Show.
Feltz does the shows back-to-back, coming on the air at Radio 2 at 4am before switching over to the regional broadcaster at 7am, with a 30-minute gap in between the programmes. In a statement, Feltz said it has been an honour to host both shows.
She said: "I have loved every moment with my Radio 2 ‘Early Birds’ and will miss my lovely listeners, jolly good fellows and beloved friends and colleagues at Radio 2 with all my heart. However, after almost 12 blissful years, I now need to step down to catch up on a much needed decade’s deficit of beauty sleep.
Vanessa Feltz tearfully quits BBC Radio 2 and Radio London shows after nearly 20 years
She'll be leaving in August.The 60-year-old currently presents the Breakfast Show, which airs on both stations, but will be leaving in August.
"It’s been an honour and privilege to be the Breakfast voice of BBC Radio London for 20 years and although I’m leaving the show, I’ll continue to expect hugs from my lovely listeners when I see them on the streets of London. I will enjoy a dollop of energy-boosting shut-eye to swing from zip-lines with my three effervescent grandchildren and frolic with my fiancé Ben, who irritatingly remains 10 years younger than me."
Feltz, who is one of the BBC's top earners with a salary of £400,000-£404,999, will present her final Early Breakfast Show tomorrow (July 29). However, following two weeks off, she will be a guest host for Jeremy Vine's show on the same station before bidding farewell to Radio 2 on August 26.
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Her last BBC London Breakfast Show will air on the same day as her final appearance on Radio 2. The BBC has said it will announce who will replace her at a later date.
During her time at BBC London - which has spanned 20 years - Feltz has won many awards including a Sony Gold in 2009. She became host of the Breakfast Show in January 2016 having previously presented mid-morning and mid-afternoon phone-in shows.
Helen Thomas, head of Radio 2, said: "For almost 12 years, Vanessa has made her live weekday Early Breakfast Show her very own kingdom, and I’d like to thank her wholeheartedly for the thousands of middle-of-the-night starts she’s made to entertain the Radio 2 listeners. On behalf of them, as well as everyone in Wogan House, I’d like to send Lady V our very best wishes for the future."
Chris Burns, the BBC'S controller local audio commissioning, added: "Every weekday Vanessa has breezed straight from her Radio 2 programme into the Radio London breakfast show, barely pausing for breath. She has effortlessly entertained her "lovely listener" and sternly held the city’s and country’s decision makers to account.
BBC Radio 2: Vanessa Feltz holds back tears as she announces exit from radio show
Vanessa wants more time to sleep and to spend time with her fiancé after almost 20 years on her early morning showShe said she had to step down "to catch up on a much-needed decade's deficit of beauty sleep" and use her "energy-boosting shut-eye" to "frolic with her fiancé Ben Ofoedu 'who irritatingly remains 10 years younger than me.
"The brightest spark you could ever meet - no matter how early it is and what’s going on in the news - to say Vanessa’s voice will be missed is an understatement. We wish her well and thank her dearly for her incredible service."
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