Vernon Kay BBC Radio 2 reports welcomed by listeners who say star is 'great' choice

It's thought the TV star will be taking over from Ken Bruce

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Vernon Kay DJs at the UK launch of gaming app Match Masters at Potters Fields Park in London. Picture date: Saturday June 11, 2022.
Vernon Kay is rumoured to be taking over from Ken Bruce. (PA Images/Alamy)

Radio listeners have welcomed reports that Vernon Kay will replace Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2, saying he is the "right person" for the job.

Bruce announced last month that he was leaving after 31 years on air, saying it was "time for a change".

And although there is no official word yet, it's thought that Kay will be taking over his mid-morning weekday slot.

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The TV star - who is married to Strictly presenter Tess Daly - has hosted his own radio shows in the past and has also filled in for other people on Radio 2.

Ken Bruce is leaving his BBC Radio 2 show. (BBC)
Ken Bruce is leaving his BBC Radio 2 show. (BBC)

And fans think the 48-year-old would be a "great" replacement.

One tweeted: "Vernon Kay to replace Ken Bruce? @RealKenBruce You've been a phenomenal top-class long-term tenure @BBCRadio2, a living legend, who will be hugely missed. If true, Vernon, this top job is perfect for you! You've been a brilliant stand-in. It's great news."

"Vernon Kay should be a good replacement for Ken Bruce," said another. "He's very likeable."

"Excellent news, he’ll do a cracking job," tweeted another person.

One fan said Kay was "a good shout" as he was a "solid, dependable, experienced broadcaster".

Tess Daly, left, and Vernon Kay pose for photographers upon arrival at the BAFTA Gala Dinner in London, Friday, March 11, 2022. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Vernon Kay is married to Tess Daly. (Invision/AP)

Somebody else tweeted: "Vernon Kay is exactly the right person to replace Ken Bruce. He’s put in the hours as a stand-in, he’s Gen X so totally the right Radio 2 demographic, he’s a seasoned broadcaster, he’s entertaining, and he’s got great taste in music."

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Bruce is due to step down in March and will host a new mid-morning show on the Bauer radio station Greatest Hits Radio.

Yahoo has contacted BBC Radio 2 and representatives for Kay for comment.

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