Strictly's Zoe Ball pays tribute to radio legend Ken Bruce

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BBC Radio 2 breakfast show host Zoe Ball has paid tribute to long-running presenter Ken Bruce, who is set to leave his weekday show on the station after 31 years.

Asked by a listener about mid-morning host Ken's departure from the station, the former Strictly: It Takes Two presenter said she was feeling emotional about his exit.

"I'm very good! A bit emotional because it's Ken's last day today and we love him so much," she told a caller who phoned into her show.

Revealing that the team had marked the presenter's last day with celebrations, she added: "We're making a fuss and he hates a fuss."

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Ken announced his decision to leave Radio 2 in January, with the presenter making the move to Greatest Hits Radio.

"After 45 years of broadcasting on BBC Radio it's time for a change," he said in a statement. "I would stress that this is entirely my decision. I will also be very proud of my association with the BBC and Radio 2."

He added: "What better way to celebrate my forty-five years in radio than with a new adventure and a brand-new show on Greatest Hits Radio."

The BBC has since announced that I'm a Celebrity star Vernon Kay will be replacing the veteran presenter later this year, with Gary Davies covering the mid-morning slot during the interim.

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"I'm absolutely over the moon to be handed the microphone to present the mid-morning show on Radio 2, and what an honour to follow in the footsteps of the mighty Ken Bruce," Vernon said.

"It's a dream come true to join the Radio 2 family and I can't wait to start."

Vernon previously filled in for Zoe earlier this year, when the presenter had to miss her early morning show after falling ill with COVID-19.

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