BBC loses another presenter as Helen Skelton quits Radio 5 Live with emotional farewell

Helen Skelton

Helen Skelton has quit BBC Radio 5 Live

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 14/08/2023

- 09:44

Helen Skelton struggled to fight back tears as she signed off her final Radio 5 Live show

After just one year as the face of her Sunday morning show on BBC Radio 5 Live, Helen Skelton has announced her departure.

Skelton left her exit open-ended as she admitted it was only "for now" as she aims to spend more time with her children.

The presenter's exit from the BBC is the latest of a long list in recent years which has seen the likes of Ken Bruce, Steve Wright and many more say their goodbyes.

During Skelton's final show, she was joined by fellow 5 Live presenter Steve Crossman and co-host Lloyd Griffith.

SAS: Who Dares Wins star Billy Billingham, former Lioness Faye White, and Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas also joined Skelton for her last show.

As the show edged towards its final few minutes, Crossman admitted he was emotional to see Skelton leave.

Helen Skelton on Strictly

Helen Skelton took part in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing last year


Skelton replied: "I know, I don’t want to but an eight-year-old will be happy about it."

She later added: "I’m not all right about it but you know, needs must. The juggle is real.

"An eight-year-old with a sideline needs me," Skelton continued as she put her children's needs first

As she signed off, Skelton said: "That’s it for me on Sundays for now. Thank you for your company over the last year, I’ve loved every minute of our time together on this show.

"Thank you to all of the team, thank you to all of you. Maybe we’ll meet again soon. It’s hard to know what to say without getting emotional."

Crossman quipped: "Can I try and make you emotional, is that okay or not?"

"If you want," Skelton replied to which Crossman commented: "Honestly, it's been so wonderful working with you.

"I know you're gonna be so massively missed. I've loved our handovers and chats in the middle of the show and stuff, it's been absolutely awesome.

Helen Skelton green dress

Helen Skelton has decided to leave the Radio 5 job to spend more time with her children


"So thank you so much," he concluded prompting Skelton to reply: "Well, back at you!"

The TV presenter and her ex-husband Richie Myler co-parent their three children following their split last year.

Going public with the news in 2022, Skelton penned on Instagram: "Very sad to say that Richie and I are no longer a couple.

"He has left the family home. We will be doing our best to co-parent our small children."

The pair share three children together, Ernie, eight, Louis, six, and daughter Elsie Kate, who was born in 2021.

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