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Zoe Ball breaks silence on Radio 2 shake-up as replacements are announced

Zoe Ball has spoken out in support of a controversial shake-up at Radio 2.The BBC have announced that former Take Me Out host Paddy McGuiness and singer and actor Michael Ball will be taking over the station's Sunday morning shows. Michael, 61, will take over Steve Wright's Love Songs, following the tragic passing of Steve earlier this year. While Top Gear presenter Paddy, 50, will be fronting a brand new show.

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Kate Garraway scolds Ben Shephard as he brutally mocks GMB guest minutes before chat
Ben Shephard took a cheeky swipe at Michael Ball on Good Morning Britain as he interviewed his close pal Alfie Boe and Sarah Brightman.During Friday’s instalment of the popular ITV breakfast show, the 47-year-old and his co-host Kate Garraway welcomed the professional singers onto the show to discuss their latest collaboration to mark the Platinum Jubilee next month.The pair teamed up to share their remake and stellar duet of the national anthem God Save The Queen and hope that their new track will reach number one to mark Her Royal Highness’ 70th year on the throne.But the dad-of-three couldn’t help but bring up his West End pal as he asked whether the star has been coping well after being left out of the epic duet.After discussing the new single, Sarah apologised to Michael on air which led to the TV presenter asking what he thought of their hit song.He pointed out: “There’s an elephant in the room, or not in the room as it were” which was met with a swarm of ‘Ohhs’ in the studio at the scathing remark on air.Kate warned him: “Ohhh he won’t like that” before she added: “Oh Michael I don’t think you’re an elephant.”As he awkwardly chuckled at her scolding comment, he apologised to the star, adding: "I didn't mean it like that, it's a common phrase."Attempting to rescue Ben from the awkward moment, brunette beauty Sarah interjected with: “He’s a cuddly bear” which the broadcaster agreed before he moved on with the topic.But his 55-year-old co-star wasn't quick to forget his comment as she concluded the interview saying: "I don't think you're in his good books." He moved on to ask: "Boe and Brighton has a good ring to it - how does Mr Ball feel about this?" Alfie joked: "He's having sleepless nights.
Dinnerladies cast now - tragic death, Corrie, addiction battle and rival soap roles
BBC comedy Dinnerladies is one of the late Victoria Wood's most famous creations, running for over two years between 1998 to 2000.The popular programme, centred around the staff and customers of a canteen at a fictional factory in Manchester, drew in nearly 16million viewers at its peak.During its time on air, the programme introduced viewers to up and coming stars including Maxine Peake and Coronation Street icon Shobna Gulati, as well as making audiences laugh out loud.January 27 marks the anniversary of the last episode of the comedy series, and to pay tribute to one of the UK's most beloved programmes, Daily Star takes a look at where the cast are now.Victoria Wood was the comedy legend behind sketch shows including Acorn Antiques and Dinnerladies, where she played Bren.Not only did she win five BAFTA awards, but she also formed lifelong relationships with fellow comedians Celia Imrie and Julie Walters, all of whom starred in her famous programmes.Victoria also won praise for her performance in the critically acclaimed TV drama Housewife, 49.In her personal life, she had also been married to Geoffrey Durham from 1980 to 2002 and they had two children together.However, Victoria died on April 20, 2016 from cancer, leaving the world devastated from the loss of the beloved comedian.Stars from the world of entertainment paid tribute to Victoria Wood, with friend Michael Ball explaining on BBC Radio 2 that she was a "trailblazer" for female comedians, saying: "She made it seem to other women, you can do this. You just need to look at the various social media feeds to see the people she's influenced."Fellow comedian Jennifer Saunders also tweeted: "Can't believe Vic has gone.