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Nottingham Post
Amy Denman & Matthew Bunn

Frank Skinner breaks down as his radio co-host fights for life

Comedian Frank Skinner broke down in tears during his radio show as his former co-host fights for his life. The star announced the news on Absolute Radio on Saturday, April 1, and was overcome with emotion.

The Mirror reports that Gareth was involved in a serious road accident. Speaking on the Saturday morning programme, Frank told listeners: "One thing you have to learn to do in this line of work is put on a false front and the show must go, that's what happened this morning."

Talking to his co-host Emily Dean, he continued: "We have been doing this show for 14 years and when we first did the pilot for it, me and Emily, it was rubbish, just the two of us. Couldn't do it.

"We got a guest on the next one who was Gareth Richards, who was brilliant on here and we asked him to do the show. And so for the first few years it was me, Em and Gareth.

"He became a very close friend and has supported me on tour. Gareth and Emily are very very close."

Explaining Gareth's condition, Frank added: "Gareth was in a very big road accident this week and it is not looking great for Gareth. He is in hospital and he is fighting and it's not looking great. I didn't want to do this show without mentioning him."

Frank then appealed to listeners to keep Gareth in their prayers. "He is a fantastic bloke. I don't know if any of you do pray but if you do, give one for Gareth this week," he said.

An emotional Emily added: "We love you, Gareth." "We do," Frank agreed. "I am not going to pretend, it's bad but you know, there is always hope."

Listeners then shared their heartache after Frank shared the news on the show.

One took to Twitter, writing: "Moved to tears by Frank Skinner this morning, all our love to Gareth."

Another added: "Really emotional hearing Frank Skinner talk about him just now. We're all rooting for you Gareth".

And a third penned: "Oh it was heart wrenching to hear frank that upset.. Shows how much they all love Gareth!"

" @FrankOnTheRadio sending the team love and best wishes for Gareth. Never lose hope xx," a fourth wrote.

Comedian Gareth co-hosted Frank's show for two years and has continued to make appearances on the radio show.

He also supported Frank on his 2014 and 2020 tours.

Meanwhile, Gareth has also appeared on Russell Howard's Good News, as well as BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4.


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