Capital breakfast host Roman Kemp has paid an emotional tribute to his late producer and “best friend” Joe Lyons.
The presenter and his co-hosts needed to depart their breakfast present early final Tuesday, after studying of his loss of life.
Stand-in presenters took over for the remainder of the week as Capital’s mum or dad firm World gave Kemp and his workforce day off from work.
Returning on Monday, Kemp defined their absence and paid homage to Lyons, who he mentioned “taught me every part”.
“I by no means thought I would have to do that, ever,” mentioned a tearful Kemp.
“Final Tuesday, very immediately, we misplaced one among our greatest pals, my greatest pal and our colleague, producer Joe.
“He was not simply a part of the Capital Breakfast household however a beloved member of the entire workforce.
“Everyone that works right here at Capital [is] clearly utterly devastated and we’re making an attempt to course of this all collectively.”
‘A little bit of a Del Boy’
Recalling his early days on the station, Kemp mentioned: “He was the primary individual I met after I walked within the door, the very first individual.
“I keep in mind considering, ‘who’s this man?’ This man is a little bit of a Del Boy!” – a reference to the lead character from Solely Fools and Horses.
“He was with me proper from my very first present, he taught me every part,” Kemp continued, including that it was “actually bizarre sitting in a radio studio with out him”.
Kemp, who’s the son of Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp, completed third in final 12 months’s I am A Movie star, Get Me Out Of Right here.
His breakfast present, co-presented by Sian Welby and Sonny Jay, attracts an viewers of round 3.3m listeners, in accordance with the latest figures out there from business physique Rajar.
Rob Howard and Lauren Layfield took over internet hosting duties for the remainder of final week after Kemp and his workforce got day off.
‘Like a genius’
The presenter famous that any visitor who had appeared on the present in recent times would have spoken with Lyons, who would greet them with a pleasant “whats up buddy” earlier than placing them on air.
“Each A-lister that you just ever hear on this present, they know who he’s, everybody,” Kemp mentioned. “He is the individual they spoke with first, and for those who’ve ever referred to as into this present, he was the one who picked up the cellphone.
“He actually could not do sufficient for individuals. He was the nicest man that I do know, fingers down.”
The presenter added: “The factor that he beloved most of all was doing this present.
“He was like a genius developing with these concepts. He was pushed by the response from you [the listeners] day by day.”
Kemp’s former co-host Vick Hope, who left the present earlier this 12 months, additionally paid tribute to Lyons on Instagram.
“I actually do love you, bud, so a lot. All of us do. I hope you realize that,” she mentioned. “We’re so fortunate to have identified you. The world is a greater place for having had you in it.
“Your expertise and creativity are so immense, however greater than that you’re the kindest, most hilarious, caring, enjoyable, fiercely loyal and spectacular individual any of us had the pleasure of assembly.”
Fellow breakfast host Greg James, from BBC Radio 1, praised Kemp for his “extremely courageous” on-air tribute.
“Actually so so unhappy to listen to this. Unimaginable phrases. Pondering of you all xx,” added broadcaster Chris Stark.