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

Where is Zoe Ball today and why isn't she on BBC Radio 2? We reveal the real reason the broadcasting star is not on the airwaves.

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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 today 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 isn't on her BBC Radio 2 breakfast show today (Thursday May 5th) as she has taken some time off to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of her boyfriend (opens in new tab) Billy Yates. She uploaded a snap of her and some of his closes friends away on a break at Darwen Moor and Darwen Tower as she watched the sunset over the Moor last night.

Zoe posted, "5 years B Boy 💫💫💫 so grateful to spend today with some of his special peeps #mateswithyates sunset over the moors 🌅"

Billy died in 2017 after taking his own life following a long battle with depression.

And her show is covered with Vernon Kay (opens in new tab) sits in with guests Fearne Cotton, Joel Dommett, Hannah Cooper-Dommett and he did Jay's Quiz.

Vernon, who has filled in for Zoe before, announced last night that he was taking over, he tweeted, "Tomorrow morning I'm in for @ZoeTheBall on @BBCRadio2 breakfast with the usual gang and fab guests! Pop it on if you can, I'll say hello!"

One regular listener tweeted, "Where is Zoe?! How come you’re sitting in for @ZoeTheBall this morning? Is she ok? We miss her x"

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Just last month Zoe was forced to leave her BBC Radio 2 breakfast show early after feeling unwell. Zoe, who arrived unusually late, had travel presenter Ritchie Anderson start her breakfast show, telling listeners that Zoe had got a flat tyre on the way in to the central London studios.

But when she finally took over the reins of her show, listeners expressed some concern as she appeared to stumble when reading out the Radio 2 WhatsApp number, with some claiming she sounded "shaky".

Just 30 minutes later and Richie Anderson took over once more while Zoe 'disappeared' during a song. He later told listeners that Zoe was feeling unwell and had gone home.

Zoe's absence last month came just weeks after she was forced to self-isolate after testing positive for Covid-19. Zoe was supposed to be rehearsing ahead of hosting BBC's Red Nose Day in March but she tested positive for Covid that morning after doing a lateral flow test and this forced her to pull out of her presenting duties (opens in new tab) and self-isolate.

Zoe is the latest TV presenter to test positive for covid after Holly Willoughby is missing from This Morning (opens in new tab) after testing positive.

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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 after taking some time off. Zoe may be back tomorrow (Friday, May 6th) to host her show, otherwise it's expected that she will have a replacement should she wish to enjoy a long weekend.

Zoe was off earlier this year after testing positive for Covid and she previously took time off last September when she was ill and took a week off from her breakfast show in the last week of May. During both times Gary Davies also filled in as her holiday replacement. Vernon Kay covered for Zoe until she returned covid free but it's not yet clear whether he will be drafted in this time around.

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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...'

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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 (opens in new tab) last year and revealed rehab saved her from addiction as she quit booze (opens in new tab).

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 (opens in new tab) in my life."

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Zoe Ball was previously married to Norman Cook, also known as Fatboy Slim. They were married for 18 years and split in 2016 (opens in new tab). 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.

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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.

Zoe Ball is performing at BBC Radio 2 Live in Leeds (opens in new tab).

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