Zoe Ball spoke about BBC Radio 2's appointment of Paddy McGuinness (Photo: Rex)

Zoe Ball has spoken out in support of Paddy McGuinness after he was announced as Radio 2's new presenter.

Yesterday, the BBC announced that the 50-year-old TV presenter would be the new host of the 11am-1pm Sunday show on the station from June.

Following Steve Wright's death, it was announced that Michael Ball would take over his iconic show Love Songs. This airs two hours before Paddy's new slot, which is currently hosted by Ball.

The format of the Take Me Out presenter's vacancy has not yet been revealed, but his move to radio has sparked backlash online with some Radio 2 fans unhappy with the appointment.

Now, Zoe Ball has taken to social media to acknowledge Paddy's addition to the team, as she shared a promotional photo of him on the BBC and wrote: 'Bolton Massive'.

The Top Gear star recently replaced Rylan Clark on Saturday afternoons and hosted two shows over Easter weekend, preparing to do his own show.

Paddy McGuinness waving in front of a Christmas tree.

Paddy will present the Sunday morning slot (Photo: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

He said: 'I loved keeping Rylan's seat warm on Saturday afternoons and getting back in the waves over Easter.

'Getting my own regular show on the legendary Radio 2 is a dream come true.'

But some online weren't so convinced this was the network's best move, as many pointed to his previous hosting roles on shows that have since been cancelled, calling his involvement the “kiss of death.”

Paddy presented Top Gear, A Question of Sport and the I Can See Your Voice music challenge, which no longer exist.

'That's the kiss of death for the show then,' commented user X @Perry4649479921 upon hearing the news, while @healingcentred wrote: 'Doesn't Paddy McGuinness have a home to go to? He seems to be in EVERYTHING!

'Haven't the BBC discovered that everything Paddy McGuinness plays gets cancelled?' asked @Jaimi_Tyrrell, while @philtayjones said: 'This shows how out of touch the Radio 2 management are. Good move for Michael Ball, but replacing him with Paddy McGuinness! Really?'

'Paddy McGuinness, really?' agreed @lrigpohs, continuing: 'Are there no big broadcasters anymore? Anyone who has a passion for music and good knowledge? I'm not inspired by the new generation of television comedians getting radio shows.

The replacement for Steve Wright's Love Songs has also been announced (Photo: PA)
Michael Ball will be the new presenter of Love Songs (Photo: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

Others were happy with Paddy's new role, as @RyanTheSoapking said: 'Brilliant news about @PaddyMcGuinness getting his own #BBCRadio2 show in June. He was a breath of fresh air representing @sarajcox yesterday and was brilliant replacing @Rylan too. Well done Paddy – can’t wait to hear it.

X user @rockiemoney said: 'News that Paddy McGuiness is getting his own show. Very funny guy. I dare say the BBC is putting an end to this man's rot. Go @PaddyMcGuinness.

Meanwhile, @Sober_Robin said: 'It's time for @PaddyMcGuinness on @BBCRadio2 Paddy is brilliant and can't wait to see him on tour at the end of 2024!!'

The broadcaster also announced that Romesh Ranganathan will be joined by fellow Radio 2 presenter Rob Beckett in the Saturday morning slot (10am to 11am), which is currently hosted by Anita Rani.

Jamie Laing and Sophie Habboo at the 2024 BRIT Awards.

Jamie Laing was named Radio 1's new presenter earlier this year following the success of his NewlyWeds podcast with wife Sophie Habboo (Photo: Dave Hogan/Hogan Media/Shutterst)
Comedian Romesh Ranganathan will be on Radio 2 on Saturday mornings (Photo: BBC)

Romesh said: 'Only a fool would start a new Radio 2 programme, broadcast to millions of people on Saturday 20th April, and then run the London Marathon the following day. Turns out I'm that idiot, so please join me for the biggest weekend of my life (not including wedding, kids, etc.).'

This comes at a time of huge change for BBC radio generally.

Former Made In Chelsea star and podcaster Jamie Laing has been named Radio 1 presenter, replacing Jordan North and sparking controversy among fans who accused the broadcaster of 'classism'.

Amid news of Radio 2 veteran Wright's death, celebrity PR Gary Farrow – who had been friends with the presenter for 40 years – suggested he died of a 'broken heart' after Scott Mills replaced him after 23 years on air.

He said Metro.co.uk: 'Steve lived for that show, he loved it – and the listeners loved him.

'My opinion is that he died of a broken heart. I will never understand the decision to let him go.

His colleagues were reportedly aware of his poor health, but his death still came as a huge shock when they broke the news on air, many reporting in tears.

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