Helen Skelton has openly shared during her broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live that her most recent Sunday show marked her final episode. Her decision stems from a desire to allocate more quality time to her children.
Last year, Skelton assumed the Sunday mid-morning slot, succeeding Laura Whitmore. While expressing her reluctance to part ways, she candidly admitted, “I didn’t want to bid farewell, but my eight-year-old will certainly welcome it.”
When prompted about her emotions, she elaborated, “I’m not entirely at ease with the situation, but you know, circumstances dictate. The challenge of balancing various commitments is quite real. An eight-year-old with an additional pursuit requires my attention.”
The accomplished 40-year-old former host of Blue Peter is a mother to three children aged eight, six, and one.
Concluding her show, she conveyed her gratitude to her listeners, stating, “That concludes my Sundays for the present. I extend my heartfelt appreciation for joining me over the past year. I’ve cherished every single moment spent together on this show…”
Skelton also took the opportunity to acknowledge her team and the listeners, alluding to the uncertainty of the future by saying, “Perhaps our paths will cross again in the near future. It’s challenging to find the precise words without becoming too emotional.”
Helen Skelton achieved the finals in last year’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing and presently co-hosts Morning Live on BBC One, On the Farm on Channel 5, and rugby league coverage on Channel 4. She has also been a co-presenter on BBC’s Countryfile. Her upcoming series alongside Dan Walker, titled “Dan & Helen’s Pennine Adventure,” is set to premiere on Channel 5 this Tuesday.
In recent developments, Skelton reportedly removed posts from her Instagram that featured fashion and jewelry items. This action followed warnings received due to BBC regulations that prohibit presenters from endorsing brands.
Following the announcement of her departure, a representative from the BBC lauded Skelton, remarking, “Helen is an adept broadcaster who has demonstrated exceptional skill in hosting Sunday mornings. We understand and respect her decision and eagerly anticipate collaborating with her across various programs on 5 Live in the times ahead. As for what’s in store for Sunday mornings, stay tuned for exciting updates.”