Helen Skelton pays tribute to wonderful co star as she addresses replacement

Helen Skelton pays tribute to wonderful co star as she addresses replacement

Helen Skelton signs off BBC Radio 5 Live for the final time

Helen Skelton paid a tribute to her BBC Radio 5 Live co-star Steve Crossman on Sunday describing him as “wonderful”.

The Countryfile presenter announced Sunday’s show would be her last, and while she didn’t confirm which presenter would be taking her place, she did inform her listeners about what they can expect next weekend.

She said: “That is it for today. That’s it from me on Sundays for now.

“Thank you for your company over the last year, I’ve loved every minute of our time together.

“On this show next Sunday, there’s live coverage of the Women’s World Cup Final on Five Live, come on England, hopefully.”

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She continued: “But now it is time to hand over to Steve Crossman.

“This has been a TBI media production for 5 Live and BBC sounds, thank you to all of the team. Thank you to all of you, maybe we will meet again soon.

“It’s hard to know what to say about getting emotional Steve.”

Steve chipped in: “Can I try and make you emotional? Is that okay or not?”

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“If you want,” Helen simply answered as Steve continued: “Honestly, it’s been so wonderful working with you.

“I know you’re going to be absolutely, massively missed and I’ve loved our handovers and our chats in the middle of the show and stuff.”

He added: “It’s been absolutely awesome. So thank you so much.”

“Well back at you,” Helen replied as she paid a tribute to her co-star. “And if you’re a football fan stick with Steve Crossman for the rest of the season, he will tell you everything you need to know, everything you want to know and he’s as wonderful a man as he is a broadcaster.”

A replacement for Helen hasn’t been confirmed just yet, but a BBC Spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “Helen is an excellent broadcaster who has done a fantastic job hosting Sunday mornings.

“We respect her decision and look forward to working together with her in the future across 5 Live programming.

“As for what’s next for the Sunday mornings, we will update our listeners with some exciting news in due course.”

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