Where is Zoe Ball and why isn’t she on BBC Radio 2 today?

Where is Zoe Ball today and why isn’t she on BBC Radio 2?

Zoe Ball is absent from BBC Radio 2 today and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by fans who have all been asking after the popular broadcaster.

Having first shot to fame on the ’90s children’s show Live and Kicking, Zoe has become a household name when it comes to working for the BBC and she landed the breakfast show on BBC Radio 2 in January 2019 taking over from Chris Evans when he left to join Virgin Radio.

Where is Zoe Ball today and why isn’t she on the Radio 2 breakfast show?

Zoe Ball is absent from her usual slot on the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show today (Friday 18th March) as she was supposed to be rehearsing ahead of hosting BBC’s Red Nose Day tonight but she tested positive for Covid this morning after doing a lateral flow test and this has forced her to pull out of her presenting duties and self-isolate.

Zoe is the latest TV presenter to test positive for covid after Holly Willoughby is missing from This Morning after testing positive.

Updating fans in Instagram, Zoe said, “pook ! fell at last hurdle and have had positive lat flows this am- noooooooo – gorgeous @aleshaofficial is going to work the double shift tonight on @ComicRelief, i owe you lady love – good luck to A, Lenny, David, @mcguinness.paddy, @ajodudu, @vernonkay, and the @comicrelief gang, so many brilliant treats in store tonight. i’ll be watching & supporting from bed (probably in full make up, outfit, heels and all) might invite @joeldommett over #sickbay COMIC RELIEF @bbcone 7pm #rednoseday.”

Fans have been sending their get well wishes. One wrote, “Hope your ok , missed you this morning love your show gets me motivated for my day ahead x”

Another put, “Oh poor you! Frustrating, but at least now not quite as worrying. Take care of you for a few days. Wishing you a speedy recovery.”

And a third fan added, “Nooooo”

It’s been confirmed that Gary Davies is covering her radio show. He tweeted, “Looking after @ZoeTheBall Breakfast Show tomorrow and after a ‘few years’ catching up again with this legend @bryanadams who will be playing live. Join us from 6.30am @BBCRadio2 @BBCSounds”

Zoe normally presents the breakfast show on weekdays and DJ Gary Davies confirmed that he’s standing in again for Zoe while she’s away.

Fans have welcomed his temporary return this week.

One listener tweeted, “You’re the best thing to listen to in the morning! Playing great music, as always”

Another fan put, “Great! Already looking forward to it.”

And a third added, “Ooh Gary Davies – Happy Friday”

Looking after @ZoeTheBall Breakfast Show tomorrow and after a ‘few years’ catching up again with this legend @bryanadams who will be playing live. Join us from 6.30am @BBCRadio2 @BBCSounds pic.twitter.com/Zs3TYYAyi0

— Gary Davies (@djgarydavies) March 17, 2022

How long is Zoe off Radio 2 for and when will she be back?

It is not known how long Zoe will be off Radio 2 for or when she will be back after testing positive for Covid but normally self-isolation is for five days and then upon a negative lateral flow test Zoe would be able to return to work. Zoe previously took time off last September when she was ill and took a week off from her breakfast show in the last week of May. During both times Gary Davies also filled in as her holiday replacement.

Gary is a fellow presenter of the BBC Radio 2 show Sound of the 80’s. Which airs Fridays at 8pm. He was formerly a DJ for BBC Radio 1 between 1982 and 1993, and additionally presented the now defunct BBC music show Top of the Pops.

Is Zoe Ball in a relationship?

Zoe Ball is in a relationship with former construction firm boss Michael Reed. They were first spotted together in 2017 when photos obtained by the Daily Mail showed the pair walking arm-in-arm as they enjoyed an evening out in Soho.

Michael posted a picture of the two of them on Instagram to celebrate Zoe’s 50th saying, ‘Happy Special Birthday wishes to this amazing one, 50 today. “HOT AT 50” you have filled my life with fun and laughter, Thank you. Have a wonderful day gorgeous girl. Big loves…’

The two got together back in December 2017 a year after a tragic event with Zoe’s previously partner Billy Yates.

The star opened up on losing her partner last year and revealed rehab saved her from addiction as she quit booze.

Speaking about his death, she said, “Billy was my partner, we’d been friends for years and we got together. He suffered with depression for a huge chunk of his life. And it’s so hard to sit and watch someone you love and care for struggle with mental health. Losing him was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with in my life.”

Zoe Ball was previously married to Norman Cook, also known as Fatboy Slim. They were married for 18 years and split in 2016. The couple has two children together – a son Woody who is 20 and a daughter Nelly who is 11. The pair are still on good terms and have said before that they remain good friends despite the split.

Why is Zoe Ball leaving It Takes Two?

Presenter Zoe Ball announced she is leaving Strictly Come Dancing’s spin-off programme It Takes Two to take on new challenges. She said, “Dance lovers, after 10 joyous years I am waltzing away from It Takes Two,” and added that it was “time for some new cha cha challenges” and thanked “the whole Strictly clan I will miss you all immensely.”

For the past two years, Zoe had juggled her BBC Radio 2 show with the spin-off Strictly show but decided last week to step down from It Takes Two, which she had gradually reduced presenting over the years with Rylan replacing her on the days she couldn’t commit to.


Zoe first started working on BBC Radio 2 back in June 2009 when she presented the Saturday morning breakfast show. By January 2012, she announced she was stepping down from the weekend breakfast show but would continue to provide cover for other presenters on the network for occasions.

In March 2017 Zoe Ball rejoined the station on a permanent basis to host a new Saturday mid-afternoon show. And in 2019, Zoe Ball takes over as presenter of The Radio 2 Breakfast Show, and Rylan Clark-Neal took over her Saturday afternoon show.

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