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Zoe Ball breaks her silence after fan backlash over Paddy McGuinness

Zoe Ball has damaged her silence after fan backlash exploded over Paddy McGuinness being given a plum Radio 2 slot.

Listeners to the station reacted with fury on Tuesday after the BBC revealed Paddy, 50, will host a brand new Sunday present between 11am and 1pm from June amid a significant shake up on the station.

The Top Gear star first offered on Radio 2 final yr when overlaying the pop quiz Ten To The Top whereas Vernon Kay was fundraising for Children In Need.

His appointment prompted an outcry, with listeners blasting him as ‘irritating’ and holding him chargeable for the downfall of Question of Sport after he took over Sue Barker because the present’s host in 2021.

But after the information broke fellow presenter on the station Zoe took to Instagram and shared her delight over Paddy’s appointment that precipitated such fury amongst followers.

Zoe Ball has broken her silence after fan backlash exploded over Paddy McGuinness being given a plum Radio 2 slot

Zoe Ball has damaged her silence after fan backlash exploded over Paddy McGuinness being given a plum Radio 2 slot

Listeners to the station reacted with fury on Tuesday after the BBC revealed Paddy , 50, will host a new Sunday show between 11am and 1pm from June amid a major shake up at the station

Listeners to the station reacted with fury on Tuesday after the BBC revealed Paddy , 50, will host a brand new Sunday present between 11am and 1pm from June amid a significant shake up on the station

Taking to her tales, she shared a promotional BBC picture of Paddy which she captioned: ‘Welcome. Bolton Massive.’

BBC Radio 2 listeners have vowed to cease listening to the station after Paddy was introduced because the host of a brand new prime Sunday morning present – amid considerations that he’s a ‘kiss of demise’ for programmes on TV and radio.

He will take over Michael Ball’s plush 11am slot on Sundays from June with a brand new present with an as-yet-unspecified format – prompting an outcry from veteran Radio 2 listeners who discover him off-putting.  

Radio 2 bosses say Paddy made a ‘enormous impression’ with listeners sitting in for Rylan Clark on his Saturday present in current weeks – however listeners to Britain’s hottest radio station concern his presence will additional ‘decimate’ its viewers.

Recent presenter shake-ups and fall-outs have seen Radio 2 drop virtually 1,000,000 listeners within the final yr – most notably the departure of Ken Bruce, and the substitute of Steve Wright with Radio 1’s Scott Mills within the weekday afternoon slot.

In addition, various reveals Paddy has offered have been canned or put in maintain together with the latest reboots of Top Gear and A Question of Sport and music problem I Can See Your Voice.

Some concern his new radio slot might meet the identical destiny, taking to social media to share their considerations about his appointment.

One listener mentioned on X, previously Twitter: ‘Paddy McGuinness… severely?? That’s one other radio 2 programme I’ll be switching off.’

But taking to her stories, Zoe shared a promotional BBC photo of Paddy which she captioned: 'Welcome. Bolton Massive'

But taking to her tales, Zoe shared a promotional BBC picture of Paddy which she captioned: ‘Welcome. Bolton Massive’

His appointment prompted an outcry, with listeners blasting him as 'irritating' and holding him responsible for the downfall of Question of Sport after he took over Sue Barker as the show's host in 2021

His appointment prompted an outcry, with listeners blasting him as ‘irritating’ and holding him chargeable for the downfall of Question of Sport after he took over Sue Barker because the present’s host in 2021 

Another added: ‘Paddy McGuinness was so unhealthy overlaying for Sara Cox that I turned the radio off. Absolutely mad to offer him his personal present.’

‘Paddy McGuinness will now decimate Radio 2,’ a 3rd fan warned. ‘Sunday was the one day I’ve continued to hearken to it.’

While a fourth listener, claiming they discovered McGuinness’ voice ‘self-gratifying’, advised the BBC by way of X: ‘I can consider no purpose to hearken to Radio 2 anymore. I’m sick of paying in your ‘youthful listeners’ obsession.’

The BBC declined to remark additional when contacted by MailOnline.

Paddy himself mentioned of the information: ‘I’ve cherished protecting Rylan’s seat heat on Saturday afternoons and returning to the airwaves over Easter. To be given my very personal common present on the legendary Radio 2 is a dream come true.’

He additionally shared the information on Instagram. However, feedback on the submit – that are largely optimistic – have been restricted.

It shouldn’t be his first stint in radio: in addition to sitting in for different everlasting BBC presenters on vacation, he offered a Saturday morning present on Bauer community radio stations throughout the north of England from 2014 till 2017.

Paddy’s everlasting appointment to a Radio 2 slot comes as a part of a wider station shake-up of programming following the premature demise of Steve Wright in February. His explanation for demise has not been disclosed.

As a part of the shake-up, Michael Ball is transferring to the legendary 9am Sunday Love Songs present that had been piloted by Wright for nearly 30 years till his demise.

Ball mentioned he was ‘past excited and greater than a bit of nervous’ to proceed Wright’s legacy with the heartwarming present, which options listeners’ weekly dedications and traditional love songs. Nicki Chapman has been filling in since Wright’s demise.

Radio 2 boss Helen Thomas mentioned of the brand new appointments: ‘I’m wanting ahead to Michael’s new earlier present, the place he’ll entertain his ‘lovelies’ as he is all the time carried out, and Paddy made an enormous impression on our listeners when he sat in for Rylan in addition to together with his Easter specials.

Other modifications embrace comic Romesh Ranganathan launching a brand new present later this month to run on Saturdays from 10am till 1pm.

Reaction to the brand new line-up has been blended – however might spell bother for the BBC after a few of its different current Radio 2 appointments led to a major drop in listeners, a few of whom have switched to business rivals. 

In current years, veteran presenters such because the late Paul O’Grady, Wright, Simon Mayo and Vanessa Feltz stepped again or had been changed on the station with youthful expertise reminiscent of Rylan Clark, Vernon Kay, comedian Rob Beckett and Radio 1’s Scott Mills.

Among essentially the most high-profile departures was Ken Bruce, who mentioned he needed to ‘attempt one thing else’. But after revealing he could be transferring to business rival Greatest Hits Radio, his exit from the BBC was expedited.

And since transferring to GHR – taking the Popmaster quiz format with him – his listener numbers have grown. Meanwhile Radio 2 has misplaced virtually 1,000,000 followers following the departure or downgrading of its largest stars.

But a few of Radio 2’s secure have insisted that the station’s demise is being vastly exaggerated.

Cox mentioned final yr: ‘[In radio] folks transfer on and get changed. When change occurs, it feels actually large within the second and inside days, you are like, “It’s fine. It’s still Radio 2”.’

The BBC’s content material boss, Charlotte Moore, has denied claims the station is intentionally forcing out older expertise so as to woo youthful listeners – as an alternative insisting the station is attempting to maneuver with the occasions.

She advised the Broadcasting Press Guild final yr: ‘I assume it is pure evolution. It’s pure evolution of the station and of the BBC.

‘I do not assume we’re chasing younger. We are completely attempting to verify it does not become old and older and older and older, and I believe that is for the entire of the BBC, in fact, in any other case we simply will not exist, will we?’

But there are considerations that Paddy McGuinness’ attachment to programmes is jinxing their prospects – regardless of the fanfare that surrounded his transfer to the BBC in 2018 after years of fronting ITV relationship present Take Me Out.

Quite a few codecs fronted by the star – who made his title alongside Peter Kay in Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere – have been consigned to the bin, together with Catchpoint and I Can See Your Voice.

A 2021 reboot of A Question of Sport – which noticed McGuinness taking up the unenviable process of changing Sue Barker – was additionally binned after viewing figures fell from a peak of 4 million to 800,000.

And the refreshed Top Gear, that includes the comic alongside motoring journalist Chris Harris and ex-cricketer Freddie Flintoff, is on indefinite hiatus after Flintoff’s horrific automobile accident in a roofless sports activities automobile on the finish of 2022.

Flintoff is continuous to recuperate from the accident, which concerned a Morgan Three-Wheeler automobile – however will return to the BBC with a brand new sequence of his documentary Field of Dreams after its first run aired to rapturous evaluations in 2022.

One social media consumer mentioned of McGuinness’ run of unhealthy luck on the BBC: ‘Paddy McGuinness is the kiss of demise to any programme. I’m attempting to think about him sitting in the identical likability zone as Steve Wright and I simply can’t.’

Another added: ‘Why oh why Paddy McGuinness, that is one other turnoff. All reveals he is in are cancelled.’

McGuinness additionally made an look on Question Time in February, with some accusing the BBC of ‘dumbing down’ the topical programme.

However, he’s removed from the primary movie star visitor to seem on the present, with disgraced comedian Russell Brand, Love Island star Amy Hart and Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel.

And McGuinness himself mentioned that, as a person from a working class group in Bolton, Lancashire, the chance to seem on the present was one he could not go up.

He advised Good Morning Britain in February: ‘Being working class folks have a look at you because the place you might be from, as you continue to converse like them – if I hadn’t have carried out it then you definitely’re not getting folks’s voice throughout.’

Social media has been awash with tweets from Radio 2 listeners who feel he is a poor addition to the station's line-up

Social media has been awash with tweets from Radio 2 listeners who really feel he’s a poor addition to the station’s line-up

Paddy McGuinness fronting the reboot of Question of Sport (which dropped the 'A' from the title) in 2021 - it was canned in 2023 after millions switched off

Paddy McGuinness fronting the reboot of Question of Sport (which dropped the ‘A’ from the title) in 2021 – it was canned in 2023 after hundreds of thousands switched off

McGuinness alongside motoring journalist Chris Harris and ex-cricketer Freddie Flintoff on Top Gear. The format has been suspended after Flintoff's accident at the end of 2022

McGuinness alongside motoring journalist Chris Harris and ex-cricketer Freddie Flintoff on Top Gear. The format has been suspended after Flintoff’s accident on the finish of 2022

McGuinness announced the news on his Instagram (above). Comments have been restricted on the post

McGuinness introduced the information on his Instagram (above). Comments have been restricted on the submit

Michael Ball (pictured) will present a new Sunday Love Songs show on Radio 2, following the death of Steve Wright earlier this year

Michael Ball (pictured) will current a brand new Sunday Love Songs present on Radio 2, following the demise of Steve Wright earlier this yr

Radio 2 fans have previously accused the BBC of ageism as a string of older DJs step back, including Paul O'Grady, Steve Wright, Ken Bruce and Simon Mayo, replaced by ex-Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, RuPaul's Michelle Visage, Rylan and DJ Spoony

Radio 2 followers have beforehand accused the BBC of ageism as a string of older DJs step again, together with Paul O’Grady, Steve Wright, Ken Bruce and Simon Mayo, changed by ex-Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, RuPaul’s Michelle Visage, Rylan and DJ Spoony

BBC bosses don’t appear to be troubled by the failures of programmes to which the presenter has been linked, nonetheless: he’s lined as much as exchange Gregg Wallace on documentary sequence Inside the Factory. 

McGuinness has plans to return to touring a stand-up present after a number of years off of the circuit as a result of the ‘cash has run out’. He additionally cut up from his spouse Christine in July 2022 after 11 years of marriage.

He advised This Morning in December: ‘Erm, effectively the cash’s run out now so it took about eight years to spend all of it and I’m like, “I’ve got to build it back up”.

‘So weirdly, writing a tour does take quite a lot of your time. When we had the break from Top Gear, I’d been planning it for a very long time, I went, “There’s a window there”.’