BBC Radio 2 fans were greeted with an unexpected voice when they tuned into Zoe Ball‘s Breakfast Show on Thursday, after the star was replaced with a familiar face.

Veteran broadcast Tony Blackburn stepped in for the star for the final hour of her show, just days after he bid an emotional farewell to his own local show.

Earlier this month Zoe revealed that she would be taking a break from work to care for her mother, after she was diagnosed with cancer.

While she has hosted her show since, Tony stepped in for Pirate Radio Takeover, paying homage to his days as a DJ on Radio Caroline.

The BBC said: ‘Tony has just taken over the controls in the studio and is now broadcasting live on Radio 2, playing just 60s tracks like he played to listeners all those years ago on Radio Caroline.’ 

BBC Radio 2 fans were greeted with an unexpected voice when they tuned into Zoe Ball 's Breakfast Show on Thursday, after the star was replaced with a familiar face

BBC Radio 2 fans were greeted with an unexpected voice when they tuned into Zoe Ball 's Breakfast Show on Thursday, after the star was replaced with a familiar face

BBC Radio 2 fans were greeted with an unexpected voice when they tuned into Zoe Ball ‘s Breakfast Show on Thursday, after the star was replaced with a familiar face

Veteran broadcast Tony Blackburn stepped in for the star for the final hour of her show, just days after he bid an emotional farewell to his own local show

Tony added: ‘We are back, the pirates are back! Zoe Ball has been locked out of the studio. I’m here, anarchy once again. 

‘We ARE pirates, we’re pirate Radio 2 and here we go, and for the next hour I’m going to play you proper music! Here it is!’

On Sunday, Tony bid an emotional farewell to his BBC Berkshire, Oxford and Solent listeners, saying his last goodbye with a moving message after 43 years.

Drawing the curtains on his time on the show, Tony said: ‘You’ll never find another laugh like mine.

’43 years on BBC local radio, and that’s it as far as I’m concerned.

‘Thank you so much. I want to thank you very much indeed for listening to me over the years.

‘It’s been a pleasure being here and I look forward to being with you in other places.

‘Once again thanks very much indeed for all the memories and all the lovely music, I hope you’ve enjoyed the music I’ve brought you on Sunday afternoons.

Earlier this month Zoe revealed that she would be taking a break from work to care for her mother, after she was diagnosed with cancer

Earlier this month Zoe revealed that she would be taking a break from work to care for her mother, after she was diagnosed with cancer

Earlier this month Zoe revealed that she would be taking a break from work to care for her mother, after she was diagnosed with cancer

On Sunday, Tony bid an emotional farewell to his BBC Berkshire, Oxford and Solent listeners, saying his last goodbye with a moving message after 43 years

On Sunday, Tony bid an emotional farewell to his BBC Berkshire, Oxford and Solent listeners, saying his last goodbye with a moving message after 43 years

On Sunday, Tony bid an emotional farewell to his BBC Berkshire, Oxford and Solent listeners, saying his last goodbye with a moving message after 43 years

‘From me Tony Blackburn to BBC Local Radio, bye bye.’

He aired his final BBC local radio show on Sunday after 43 years but will still present Sounds of the 60s and Tony Blackburn’s Golden Hour on Radio 2 at weekends 

Last week, Zoe returned to Radio 2 after taking some time off to care for her mother who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

The presenter was back in the studio, opening her show with the words: ‘It’s me! I’ve missed you all, I’ve been looking after my dear ma but back to bother you though.’

She later gave an emotional update on her mum Julia Peckham, explaining: ‘Sadly, heartbreakingly her cancer is quite advanced but we’re making loads of lovely memories and taking care of her, she has some amazing people around her.’

Zoe also thanked hospital staff and in particular ‘a very nice pair of chaps called Vic and Tom who took us to A&E in an ambulance last week.

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