BBC producer Simon Willis has died after “being poorly for some time” his colleague Zoe Ball confirmed today. The BBC Radio 2 Breakfast show host and her colleague Jo Whiley have paid tribute to the late producer this evening. The producer had worked for both BBC TV and BBC Radio 1 as part of his broadcasting career.
Jo Whiley has taken to Twitter to pay tribute to her late colleague after pulling out of her show this evening.
Alongside pictures of herself and Simon, the radio presenter wrote on Twitter: “We woke to the news that our beloved Willy aka Simon Willis has left us & we are bereft.
“There were 3 of us in our marriage. And it was the perfect recipe. Me. My husband Steve & Willy.
“He was my Dr Who husband, Ernie Wise to Steve’s Eric Morecambe, THE Godfather to our kids,” she added alongside a broken heart emoji.
She followed up her post, writing: “Willy was a one-off. The funniest man you could ever meet & anyone who knew him would have their own story about ‘What Willy did.
“We adored him as did everyone who knew him. I need to be with the family tonight.”
The radio presenter went on to thank Will Young for replacing her on BBC Radio 2 this evening.
Zoe Ball has also paid tribute to the late producer on her Instagram page.
In view of her 570,000 Instagram followers, she wrote: “Heartbroken to hear our dear friend Willy, Simon Willis from our Radio 1 Breakfast Show team, passed away last night.
“He’d been poorly for some time. He was the naughtiest, daftest dear chap, deliciously hilarious, the best raconteur & a total joy to work with & indeed play with.
“He took us on some wild wonderful adventures with the show, oh the tales.
“The Oscars, ski trips, the Euros, The Brits. Forever in our hearts Showbiz Willis. The best of the best Baby.”