Rob Brydon jokingly asked fans to "respect his privacy" at a "difficult" time after a BBC co-star recently announced they were quitting. News broke recently that Ken Bruce would be leaving his BBC Radio 2 show after 31 years.
Swansea-born Gavin and Stacey star Rob lamented the loss of Ken from the programme on Twitter, writing: "Devastated to hear @RealKenBruce has decided to leave @BBCRadio2. I ask that people please respect my privacy at this difficult time."
Announcing his departure, Ken explained to listeners: "I have decided the time is right for me to move on from Radio 2. I’ll reach the end of my current contract in March, and so at that point I will be moving on from Radio 2. Nothing stays the same forever... I have been here for quite a long time now, and it possibly is time to move over and let somebody else have a go." You can get more showbiz news and other story updates straight to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletters here.
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But fans of Ken won't have to look far to find him in his new venture, as the official Greatest Hits Radio account quickly reassured Rob: "Fear not @RobBrydon Ken’s joining us PopMaster and all from April 3rd!"
Ken's fans were quick to respond to Rob's tweet with their own messages lamenting the departure. One wrote: "Can’t believe it. Mornings without Ken – how will I get any work done and what about PopMaster and Tracks of Their Years?!"
Another said: "Don’t, I’m in bits!” another begged. “Poor old Radio 2 is gonna lose a load of listeners – I shall be going with Ken without a doubt." However, the departure has also seen comments that Ken's decision to leave the show has stemmed from "seemingly ever-younger DJs" having been brought in over the years.
Speaking about Ken's decision to leave Radio 2 on This Morning, Vanessa Feltz said: "Well, I haven’t spoken to him personally, but I imagine it’s a feeling of some sense of ageism at the BBC. That once you get over a certain age your days are numbered, you’re not valued in a certain way."
Responding to a contact for comment from The Daily Star, a BBC spokesperson said: "Ken explained his reasons for leaving Radio 2 in his quote and on air. We respect his decision and wish him the very best of luck in the future as he’s been a much loved part of the Radio 2 family.
"Radio 2 is hugely proud of having a range of presenters from their 30s to 80 years old on the station, an age range which hasn’t changed in decades, in fact Ken Bruce started presenting on Radio 2 at the age of 32.
"Radio 2 will continue to be a multi-generational radio station that serves a 35+ audience with listeners tuning in each week to our brilliant range of programmes, hosted by some of the UK’s best loved presenters. We continue to play a wide variety of the best music from the past seven decades, including from the 60s and 70s."
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