Zoe Ball addresses lengthy absence from BBC Radio 2 show as she announces her replacement

BBC Radio 2 listeners are accustomed to Zoe Ball, 52, starting their days from Monday to Friday every week on her Breakfast Show.

However, the star’s famous voice will soon be replaced by Gary Davies, 65, as she is set to take three weeks off from the airwaves.

Announcing the news on Wednesday’s edition of The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, the presenter explained she will be taking time off to film an unnamed project.

While discussing today’s Radio 2 schedule, Zoe told listeners: “Gary is with you at 9.30am, Vernon [Kay] is picking more Tracks Of My Years all this week.

“His new show starts in five days, the countdown has begun.

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“At 10.30am, if you want to play Ten to the Top with Gary, email tentothetop@bbc.co.uk.

“But don’t worry, you don’t have to miss Gary, because he’s then going to look after this show for three weeks because I’m off filming something.”

Zoe didn’t go into further detail about what she will be filming, but it was recently announced that the star will be fronting ITV’s new theatre talent contest Mamma Mia! I Have A Dream.

The show will see famous judges help to find the new leads for the West End production of Mamma Mia!.

Taking to Twitter to share the sad news with her 405,000 followers just hours before the concert is due to take place, Zoe wrote on Sunday: "absolutely gutted… the sickness bug has got me was meant to be heading to Windsor Castle for the #coronationconcert on @BBCRadio2 later."

Zoe went on to reassure listeners that Dermot O'Leary and Scott Mills would be covering the show in her place.

"@radioleary and @scott_mills have got you covered i’m heading back to bed," she added, alongside a crown and red love heart emoji.

Fortunately, Zoe has now made a full recovery and has been getting listeners excited ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest’s grand finale during her Breakfast Show this week.

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