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Zoe Ball was forced to apologise to BBC Radio 2 listeners as Gogglebox star Lee Riley swore no less than three times live-on air.

The presenter, 52, said sorry to audiences as the reality star, 52, caused chaos by blurting out a series of expletives on Wednesday.

Joined by his friend and co-star Jenny Newby, 65, the pair had been discussing Gogglebox’s 10th anniversary when it all went south.

They had been shown a clip from the Channel 4 show and asked to guess which episode it had been taken from.

After watching it, Lee said, ‘Oh yeah that was that green s**t,’ but soon realised his blunder, following up with: ‘Oh s**t, I said s**t, sorry.’

Whoops! Zoe Ball was forced to apologise to BBC Radio 2 listeners as Gogglebox star Lee Riley swore no less than three times live-on air

Whoops! Zoe Ball was forced to apologise to BBC Radio 2 listeners as Gogglebox star Lee Riley swore no less than three times live-on air

Zoe soon attempted to calm the situation down, telling listeners: ‘Sorry for the language,’ before joking that even Liam Gallagher had made it through her show without cursing.

She joked: ‘Lee it’s ok, we’ll just say sorry, sorry for the language, Jenny, stop laughing. If it’s going to be anyone, let it be Lee from Gogglebox.’

Zoe was left emotional on Friday as she said goodbye to fellow Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce on his last day working at the station.

The media personality informed listeners of the Breakfast Show of her sadness to see the Scottish presenter make an early departure – after BBC bosses refused to let him work to the end of his scheduled contract.

Ken was due to leave his beloved mid-morning slot to join rival station Greatest Hits Radio later this month, but BBC bosses instead demanded he step down on Friday- 17 days early.

Paying tribute to her pal, Zoe dubbed him a ‘class act’ while recording him seeing out his final show, after mentioning him numerous times during her own.

As one caller asked how she was doing during the Breakfast Show, Zoe replied: ‘I’m very good, a bit emotional because it’s Ken’s last day today and we love him so much!’

Sharing that the departure had hit the whole Radio 2 team, Zoe continued: ‘Actually we’re making a fuss and he hates a fuss.’

Causing chaos: Joined by his friend and co-star Jenny Newby, 65, the pair had been discussing Gogglebox's 10th anniversary when it all went south

Causing chaos: Joined by his friend and co-star Jenny Newby, 65, the pair had been discussing Gogglebox’s 10th anniversary when it all went south

Ken’s final show followed on from Zoe’s, with the latter managing to tune in during her car ride home.

Filming her car’s smart-screen while Ken signed off during the show, she wrote: ‘Class act’ over the video, with a love heart emoji.

Many fans took to the comment section of Zoe’s post to share their own sadness that Ken is departing, as one wrote: ‘Absolutely loved his show, I have listened to him every day for 30 years through good times and bad times. I will be switching over now to Greatest Hits Radio on 3rd April 2023 @ 10am until 1pm no more Radio. 2 for me’

While another echoed: ‘Absolute legend. Radio 2 barely worth listening to anymore. (Apart from you obviously, Zoe)’.

It seems she wasn’t the only member of the studio who would be missing Ken, as his booth was filled with cards of well-wishes during the last show.

After four decades at the BBC, and three with his mid-morning slot on BBC 2, the Scottish presenter will be replaced by Vernon Kay.

Admitting that it was ‘a shame’ that he wasn’t allowed to finish his full contract with the station, Ken explained of the broadcaster’s decision to have him leave early during an appearance on Radio 4’s Today programme.

Ken said: ‘It’s entirely within the BBC’s right to ask me to step away a little early. But for the sake of 17 days, which was all that was remaining (on my contract), it seems a shame.

‘Over the last 46 years, I haven’t had very much time off, I’ve attempted to turn up whenever I’m required to turn up. So my natural feeling as a broadcaster is if I’ve got 17 days to do, I want to do them.’

Fellow Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine, who hosts the slot immediately after, paid tribute to the broadcaster on air.

He said: ‘Am I allowed to say, I’ve worked with some great people and you’re the best. I know you don’t like praise, you’re the most generous, intelligent talented colleague.

The veteran broadcaster still spoke highly of the BBC during his closing words in the final show, saying: ‘And to the BBC, I’ve been here a long time and apart from the occasional vagary, it’s still the finest broadcasting organisation in the world.

‘I thought about the song to finish and one that comes to and end, might be, The End.’

His final song choice was a medley of Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight and The End that closes the Abbey Road album by The Beatles.

Speaking as he left the BBC’s Wogan House in London for the final time, Bruce said he will still look back fondly on his time at Radio 2 despite the premature exit.

Reflecting on if the early departure made leaving bittersweet, he said: ‘No, it’s alright, I’m happy now. It’s all behind me. It’s not a problem.’

Asked what tips he would give his successor Vernon Kay, Bruce added: ‘Vernon doesn’t need my advice. He’s a great guy and I wish him all the very best.’

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