Susanna Reid says Bill Turnbull ‘taught me everything’
We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info
Bill Turnbull died surrounded by loved ones after a five-year long battle with prostate cancer last week aged 66. The BBC Breakfast presenter went public with his battle in 2018 after being diagnosed a year before.
In her latest column with The Mirror, Fiona Phillips, 61, paid tribute to her “brother” Bill, who she presented BBC show Holding Back The Years with.
“That show was the first and last time I ever worked closely with him and we clicked straight away,” she recalled.
“We had such a great time. Bill and I were quite miffed at first that we’d been chosen to present it because it was called Holding Back the Years and we were like ‘Hang on a minute!'”
The programme focused on wellbeing, particularly for older people, providing tips on how to stay well, live longer and be healthy.
“We laughed a lot,” Fiona added. “He was wonderful to work with.”
The presenter added she and Bill “respected each other” and she never saw a bad side to him during their years together.
Fiona went on to say the pair had a “similar attitude” and “just on with things”.
“He didn’t have an ego, unlike a lot of people in the business. I have always looked back at that as a lovely time.”
Bill’s broadcasting career spanned over four decades.
He began working for radio stations including Radio Clyde and BBC Radio 4’s Today.
The presenter went on to host BBC News 24 and BBC Radio 5 Live before he took on his most notable role on BBC Breakfast.
He spent 15 years on the famous red sofa, from 2001 to 2016. Most recently, he presented his show on Classic FM.
Amal Clooney dazzles in mint gown as she unveils incredible figure [PICTURED]
‘She will be a blessing’ Carol Vorderman backs Therese Coffey [REACTION]
‘Terrible when you get caught out!’ Karren Brady mocks Meghan Markle [OPINION]
Following the news of his death, many of his former colleagues flocked to social media to pay tribute.
Susanna Reid, who he presented the BBC show with, told fan she was “heartbroken” by his passing.
She tweeted: “Bill was the kindest, funniest, most generous man in the business. I feel lucky to have worked with him and he taught me everything.
“But above all, he was devoted to his family and I am heartbroken for them. RIP Bill. We will miss you so much.”
In 2020, the pair reunited for hosting duties on Good Morning Britain following Piers Morgan’s departure.
Dan Walker, who took over from the presenter on the BBC show in 2016, also wrote on Twitter: “Bill Turnbull was so kind and generous when I took over from him on BBC Breakfast.
“He was full of brilliant advice and it was clear just how loved he was by his colleagues and the audience.
“It was an honour to sit on his sofa. My thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Source: Read Full Article
How Paul O'Grady and Julian Clary used to leave drinkers in hysterics
Love and Hip Hop Star Brittney Taylor Breaks Silence After Being Arrested for Attacking Baby Daddy
Son Kept Dead Mother's Corpse On His Couch For THIRTEEN YEARS
Tom Sandoval Wants To 'Make It Work' With Raquel Leviss Amid Cheating Scandal! But…
Sheryl Crow Pleads With Senator to Pass Sensible Gun Laws After Nashville School Shooting