Bill Turnbull withdraws from Classic FM radio show with “great regret” for “health reasons”


Radio and TV presenter Bill Turnbull has announced that he is stepping down from hosting his radio show on Classic FM for “health reasons.”

The 65-year-old broadcast star, who has lived with prostate cancer since 2018, shared the news on her Twitter page and received a surge of support.

Bill explained that he was forced to make a decision after the road had been “a bit bumpy recently” and that he had to focus on his health for a while to try to “improve”.

The radio and Good Morning Britain favorite has apologized to his fans and listeners, but assured them he will “come back” as soon as he can.

Bill Turnbull has quit his Classic FM radio show

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“It is with great regret that I take time off from my show on Classic FM for health reasons,” Bill began his full statement.

“It’s been a bit of a bumpy road lately, and I need to take some time to focus on improving. I’m sorry to do this as I really love following the program and have enjoyed the past five years immensely. .

“I am very grateful to the friends and colleagues at Global for the love and support they have shown me,” continued the presenter. “And I’ll be back, as soon as possible.”

Since being diagnosed with cancer, Bill has been incredibly open about traveling and has appeared on a number of daytime TV shows to raise awareness about the disease.

Bill Turnbull has been a presenter on the BBC and ITV
Bill Turnbull has been a presenter on the BBC and ITV

As he revealed the devastating news that cancer had spread to his bones, the father-of-three also gave assurances that he still has “a good old days to live” and continues to. undergo many series of chemotherapy treatments as well as radiotherapy. injections.

Bill continued to work and served as a presenter on Good Morning Britain alongside former BBC co-host Susanna Reid a few times since Piers Morgan left.

Following the comments, fans and friends in the industry have shared their support for Bill in the wake of his announcement.

The radio station‘s editor, Phillip Noyce, commented: “Bill, you bring such brilliance to our Saturday and Sunday mornings and your passion for music, your entertaining spirit, your enthusiasm and your love for the listeners of @ClassicFM will be sorely missed over the next few weeks. We look forward to seeing you on the air again soon! “

Presenters Bill Turnbull and Susanna Reid on the set of BBC Breakfast, the morning television news program that airs simultaneously on BBC One and BBC News 24. It is presented live from the BBC Television Center in White City, west of London, and contains a mix of news, sports, weather, business and featured articles.  (Photo by Jeff Overs / BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)
Bill and Susanna worked together on BBC Breakfast years ago

“All the best to a brilliant broadcaster and a wonderful man! We will all miss you @ClassicFM, and once you get past that little obstacle in the road we look forward to seeing you back on the air where you belong,” a fan then wrote their support.

Another urged the broadcaster not to apologize and said, “Your health comes first! The best thing you can do for us is relax, get better, and stronger before we get back on the air to watch. entertain us again.

“Good luck with the recovery and wait until you hear from you again when you’re ready x.”

BBC reporter and presenter Dan Walker added: “I wish you all the best Bill. Take care of yourself.”

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