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Popular comedian Frank Skinner broke down in tears on his BBC radio show on Wednesday (March 10), as his co-host, Mel Giedroyc, fights for her life in hospital.
The 61-year-old presenter was emotionally overcome as he opened the show, which he has co-hosted with Mel since 2007, and paid tribute to his friend, who he described as a “brilliant, beautiful person”.
Frank said: “I feel like I’m talking about someone who’s died but, you know, she’s not dead. But she’s very ill in hospital.”
He went on to explain that his co-host was admitted to hospital last week with a “really serious” condition and that she was “seriously unwell”.
Frank was then overcome with emotion as he described Mel as a “ray of light”, saying: “She’s a brilliant, beautiful person, and I’m so upset that this has happened to her.”
The comedian also revealed that Mel had been unable to appear on the show for the past two weeks and had been replaced by guest hosts.
The show’s producers have since confirmed that Mel is “receiving the best possible care” and the programme will continue with the same format while she is away.
The outpouring of love and support for Mel has been overwhelming, with celebrity friends, including Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, sharing messages of support and sending their best wishes.
Mel, who is also a former presenter of The Great British Bake Off, is yet to comment publicly on her condition, but friends have said that she is “holding up well” and is “in good spirits”.
Our thoughts are with Mel and her family during this difficult time.