Gaby Roslin: I screamed when I learned about Terry Wogan's death

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Presenters Gaby Roslin and Terry Wogan during their marathon broadcast to raise money for the BBC Children in Need Appeal tonight (Friday). Photo by Michael Stephens/PA.  * 17/11/2000 Gaby Roslin and Terry Wogan during their marathon broadcast to raise money for the BBC Children in Need Appeal.  Stars from the world of television, pop and sport are taking part in the 21st televised BBC Children in Need Appeal Friday November 17th, 2000. Presenters Wogan and Roslin are hosting the event in the studio  and across the country celebrities and members of the public will help raise much needed funds for the charity.   (Photo by Michael Stephens - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Gaby Roslin and Terry Wogan during the BBC Children in Need Appeal, 2000. (Michael Stephens - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

Gaby Roslin says she screamed when she found out that Terry Wogan had died.

The TV and radio presenter said her reaction when she found out that Paula Yates had died was similar — that she hadn't already read the news when she took a phone call breaking it to her.

She spoke to Kate Thornton on White Wine Question Time, opening up about her relationship with the broadcasting legend who she worked with on Children in Need and The Terry and Gaby Show.

She said: "I kept saying to my husband: 'I must get in touch with Terry. I haven't spoken to him or emailed him for a while I must do it. I kept talking about it for probably a few weeks."

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She said she'd had a phone call from a BBC boss ahead of her show that day, who was apologising and saying they would understand if she couldn't go to work that day, before she had heard the news of Wogan's death.

"And he realised that I hadn't heard that Terry had just died and he said: 'I'm so sorry I have to tell you that Terry died'. The shock! I got the same news when Paula [Yates] died, I hadn't read it in the paper I hadn't seen anything and it's same phone call.

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"I remember sitting down going: 'Terry!' and I screamed because I got such a shock. I didn't know he was ill, I hadn't spoken to him for a while and and he said to me: 'If you don't come in, I completely understand.'

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"I said: 'Oh my god, I have to be there. Terry would hate it if I didn't! Do you mind if I use the first bit of the show to pay respects to him?' I sort of did it on autopilot because he was a professional and he was one of those people that'd be like: 'It's not brain surgery!' He always said that. He said: 'So what if it goes wrong? It's not brain surgery!"

She told stories on the podcast about the late and much-loved broadcaster.

She said: "There was one time he had a sweet in his mouth he went: 'What am I gonna do?' Because we were about to go on air. And he went, what am I going to do with it? So he gave it to me and I put it in my mouth. He went: 'I can't believe you did that.' I took it out of my mouth and put it in his! It was that sort of sweet little innocent things and then we went on air and he told everybody so why not?!"

TV chef Anthony Worrall-Thompson gets gunged by fellow chefs Ainsley Harriott as special guests Terry Wogan and Gaby Roslin, look on during a special edition of 'Ready Steady Cook' in aid of 'Children In Need' at Capital Studios, south west London.   (Photo by Andy Butterton - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Anthony Worrall-Thompson gets gunged by Ainsley Harriott as Terry Wogan and Gaby Roslin look on ' in aid of 'Children In Need'. (Andy Butterton/PA Images via Getty Images)

She also revealed a link between her family and Wogan's outside of her relationship with Terry, when her dad had trained up Wogan's son.

She said: "My dad went and started up Radio 5. Dad was at Radio 4 as a news reader. And they called dad into Radio 5, and they said could he help train up the newsreaders? And he was helping train up somebody called Alan Wogan!

"And I was working with Alan's dad, and Terry's son was working with my dad. It was very bizarre. So dad had worked with Alan and then I ended up working obviously with Terry for ten years of Children in Need. And then we did The Terry and Gabby Show. We did Eurovision.

"He had a glint in his eye, like nobody else. He was a bugger! He really was because if he'd say: 'No I haven't watched that show. I'm not interested in that show', and he'd tell the guest, and he didn't care! But he also was a gentleman.

Children in Need presenters Terry Wogan and Gaby Roslin at BBC TV Centre this evening (Friday) before tonight's charity telethon. Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA.   (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Children in Need presenters Terry Wogan and Gaby Roslin at BBC TV Centre (Stefan Rousseau - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

"And he was very kind to me, very kind, very lovely. We loved it when things went wrong. And years later, after I left Children in Need we were together at an event. And he called me over and we were sitting there and he said: 'Didn't we love it when everything went wrong?' He said: 'You really are properly naughty, but you don't want to hurt someone and I just went: 'No'. And I said: You're really naughty. And he said: 'Yeah, by sometimes I can hurt people, but I never meant to.' So you know, he was he was he is a good man."

She also spoke about the relationship between her and Wogan and Chris Evans, having worked with Evans since Big Breakfast.

Roslin said: "And they adored each other as well. So when we did Terry and Gaby, Chris Evans produced it, so the three of us were together.

"They were very, very, very close. And Terry adored Chris, absolutely adored Chris, he really did."

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