Lorraine Kelly bids farewell to BBC presenter Steve Wright in emotional tweet
TV presenter Lorraine Kelly has bid farewell to DJ Steve Wright after his BBC Radio show, Steve Wright in the Afternoon, was axed after 23 years on air.
In an emotional tweet, she wrote: “Can’t believe it’s the last Steve Wright in The Afternoon.
“Loved being a listener and also lucky enough to have been a guest. Steve is such a brilliant broadcaster.”
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The BBC announced the end of Wright’s slot to make way for more younger presenters on the station.
Under Kelly’s tweet, tributes poured in.
One listener wrote, “Listening for the final time. End of an era, it just won’t be the same without Wrightie.”
Another said, “He was our go-to on our way up and down to Wales from Scotland all the time, won’t be the same without him x”
“It’s a sad day in the radio world will miss him n his fun stuff he would brighten up my day x”
Others expressed shock: “Oh can’t believe that used to love his show”
“NO WAY ……. !'m In shock …….”
The departure of 62-year-old Wright comes after another BBC presenter, Stephen Smith, who was a correspondent on the Newsnight programme, announced that his time on the show was up.
His co-presenter, Naga Munchetty, wrote a social media post saying: “One of the best creative wordsmiths/journalists I've ever had the honour to work with.
“And above all, a bloody decent person. Good luck, Stephen!”
Smith announced that he was leaving the programme by writing, “Some professional news – and it’s goodnight from me for the last time.
“I was fortunate to meet a who’s who of everyone who matters in arts & culture, from Scorsese to Stormzy.
“Thanks to the producers, camera crews and picture editors I worked with – at least they were, mostly, getting paid.”
Under his post, colleagues and fellow journalists sent messages of admiration and support.
Libby Wiener, a political correspondent at ITV News, wrote, “So much TV gold – not least the epic journeys of Motorway Man”
Radio 4’s Evan Davis tweeted, “Stephen… you are one of a kind. And also very kind. And funny. And Knowledgeable. Such a pleasure to have been at Newsnight alongside you.”
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