Where is Zoe Ball and why isn’t she on BBC Radio 2 today?

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  • Where is Zoe Ball today and why isn't she on BBC Radio 2?

    Zoe Ball is absent from BBC Radio 2 this week and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by fans who have all been asking after the popular broadcaster.

    Having first shot to fame on the ’90s children’s show Live and Kicking, Zoe has become a household name when it comes to working for the BBC and she landed the breakfast show on BBC Radio 2 in January 2019 taking over from Chris Evans when he left to join Virgin Radio.

    Where is Zoe Ball today and why isn’t she on the Radio 2 breakfast show?

    Zoe Ball is absent from her usual slot on the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show today. It’s been confirmed that Zoe is away from her usual role on the radio because she’s “not feeling too well”.

    Zoe normally presents the breakfast show on weekdays and DJ Gary Davies confirmed that he’s standing in for Zoe while she’s away this week.

    “A lot of fun today and back tomorrow on @ZoeTheBall Breakfast Show with @jimmycarr and the @TheQIElves join us for The Why Workshop. Hope you can keep me company from 6.30-9.30 am @BBCRadio2 @BBCSounds,” he wrote ahead of Wednesday’s show after covering on Tuesday too. 

    Fans have welcomed his temporary return this week, whilst also sending on get well wishes to Zoe.

    One listener tweeted, ‘Hope Zoe gets well soon but I will look forward to the last hour with my fave dj’

    Another fan put, ‘Breath of fresh air mate, I listen to your show on podcast in the BBC app, always been a fan, made my morning hearing you this morning.’

    And a third added, ‘Fabulous: what an absolute pleasure that will be.’

    How long is Zoe off Radio 2 for and when will she be back?

    It is not known how long Zoe will be off Radio 2 for or when she will be back as she is off sick.

    Zoe previously took a week off from her breakfast show in the last week of May. But returned to her usual slot on Tuesday 1st June.

    During this time Gary Davies also filled in as her holiday replacement.

    Gary is a fellow presenter of the BBC Radio 2 show Sound of the 80’s. Which airs Fridays at 8pm.

    He was formerly a DJ for BBC Radio 1 between 1982 and 1993, and additionally presented the now defunct BBC music show Top of the Pops.

    Is Zoe Ball in a relationship?

    Zoe Ball is in a relationship with former construction firm boss Michael Reed. They were first spotted together in 2017 when photos obtained by the Daily Mail showed the pair walking arm-in-arm as they enjoyed an evening out in Soho.

    Michael posted a picture of the two of them on Instagram to celebrate Zoe’s 50th saying, ‘Happy Special Birthday wishes to this amazing one, 50 today. “HOT AT 50” you have filled my life with fun and laughter, Thank you. Have a wonderful day gorgeous girl. Big loves…’

    Zoe Ball and Michael Reed

    The two got together back in December 2017 a year after a tragic event with Zoe’s previously partner Billy Yates.

    The star opened up on losing her partner last year and revealed rehab saved her from addiction as she quit booze.

    Speaking about his death, she said, “Billy was my partner, we’d been friends for years and we got together. He suffered with depression for a huge chunk of his life. And it’s so hard to sit and watch someone you love and care for struggle with mental health. Losing him was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with in my life.”

    Zoe Ball was previously married to Norman Cook, also known as Fatboy Slim. They were married for 18 years and split in 2016. The couple has two children together – a son Woody who is 20 and a daughter Nelly who is 11. The pair are still on good terms and have said before that they remain good friends despite the split.

    Why is Zoe Ball leaving It Takes Two?

    Presenter Zoe Ball announced she is leaving Strictly Come Dancing’s spin-off programme It Takes Two to take on new challenges. She said, “Dance lovers, after 10 joyous years I am waltzing away from It Takes Two,” and added that it was “time for some new cha cha challenges” and thanked “the whole Strictly clan I will miss you all immensely.”

    For the past two years, Zoe had juggled her BBC Radio 2 show with the spin-off Strictly show but decided last week to step down from It Takes Two, which she had gradually reduced presenting over the years with Rylan replacing her on the days she couldn’t commit to.


    Zoe first started working on BBC Radio 2 back in June 2009 when she presented the Saturday morning breakfast show. By January 2012, she announced she was stepping down from the weekend breakfast show but would continue to provide cover for other presenters on the network for occasions.

    In March 2017 Zoe Ball rejoined the station on a permanent basis to host a new Saturday mid-afternoon show. And in 2019, Zoe Ball takes over as presenter of The Radio 2 Breakfast Show, and Rylan Clark-Neal took over her Saturday afternoon show.

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