10 August 2020 12:43
Capital breakfast host Roman Kemp has paid an emotional tribute to his late producer and "best friend" Joe Lyons. The presenter and his co-hosts had to leave their breakfast show early last Tuesday, after learning of his death. Stand-in presenters took over for the rest of the week as Capital's parent company Global gave Kemp and his team time off from work. Returning on Monday, Kemp explained their absence and paid homage to Lyons, who he said "taught me everything". "I never thought I'd have to do this, ever," said a tearful Kemp.
"Last Tuesday, very suddenly, we lost one of our best friends, my best friend and our colleague, producer Joe. "He was not just part of the Capital Breakfast family but a loved member of the whole team. "Everybody that works here at Capital [is] obviously completely devastated and we're trying to process this all together." 'A bit of a Del Boy' Recalling his early days at the station, Kemp said: "He was the first person I met when I walked in the door, the very first person. "I remember thinking, 'who's this guy?' This guy is a bit of a Del Boy!" - a reference to the lead character from Only Fools and Horses. "He was with me right from my very first show, he taught me everything," Kemp continued, adding that it was "really weird sitting in a radio studio without him".
Kemp, who is the son of Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp, finished third in last year's I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. His breakfast show, co-presented by Sian Welby and Sonny Jay, attracts an audience of around 3.3m listeners, according to the most recent figures available from industry body Rajar. Rob Howard and Lauren Layfield took over hosting duties for the rest of last week after Kemp and his team were given time off. 'Like a genius' The presenter noted that any guest who had appeared on the show in recent years would have spoken with Lyons, who would greet them with a friendly "hello buddy" before putting them on air. "Every A-lister that you ever hear on this show, they know who he is, everyone," Kemp said. "He's the person they spoke with first, and if you've ever called into this show, he was the person who picked up the phone. He was the nicest guy that I know, hands down." The presenter added: "The thing that he loved most of all was doing this show. "He was like a genius coming up with these ideas. He was driven by the reaction from you [the listeners] every day." Kemp's former co-host Vick Hope, who left the show earlier this year, also paid tribute to Lyons on Instagram. "I really do love you, bud, so so much. I hope you know that," she said. The world is a better place for having had you in it. "Your talent and creativity are so immense, but more than that you are the kindest, most hilarious, caring, fun, fiercely loyal and spectacular person any of us had the pleasure of meeting." Fellow breakfast host Greg James, from BBC Radio 1, praised Kemp for his "incredibly brave" on-air tribute. "Really so so sad to hear this. Incredible words. Thinking of you all xx," added broadcaster Chris Stark. If you have a story suggestion email [email protected] Roman Kemp broke down in tears on his Capital Breakfast radio show this morning after the death of the show's producer, Joe Lyons. Joe – who worked for Capital's parent company, Global, for nine years – died of unknown causes on Tuesday. Roman and his co-presenters, Sian Welby and Sonny Jay, took time off from the show last week after hearing the devastating news. And the 27-year-old host couldn't hold back the emotion as he paid tribute to his 'best friend' in his first show back since the tragedy. 'We wanted to share some really sad news. I never thought I'd have to do this ever,' Roman said. 'Last Tuesday, very suddenly, we lost one of our best friends. Our producer Joe, he was a member of the Capital Breakfast family.' Roman Kemp broke down in tears on his Capital Breakfast radio show (Picture: Capital) The show's producer, Joe Lyons, died last week (Picture: Instagram) Roman went on: 'We are trying to process this all together. We wanted to share this news with you. 'Joe had worked for Global, the parent company, for nine years. He was the very first person I met when I walked through the door. I remember thinking he was a bit of a Del Boy. 'He was with me right from my very first show. He taught me everything. I don't know sitting in a radio studio without him. 'He's the person I'd sit here and rinse constantly.' Roman called Joe a 'genius' (Picture: Capital) The son of Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp added: 'He loved dogs. 'He loved his family so much. His dad Ivan, his mum Celia, his sister Lou. The thing he loved most of all was doing this show, you listening. 'He was like a genius coming up with these ideas. He was driven by the reaction from you every day.' He said Joe was his 'best friend' (Picture: Instagram) Roman's mother, Shirlie Kemp, also paid tribute to Joe. She wrote on the producer's final Instagram post, shared on June 20, 'God Bless you Joe …. you were and always will be so loved.' Fellow Capital Breakfast presenter Vick Hope commemorated Joe in a moving post on Instagram on Monday. Sharing a series of photos of them, she wrote: 'Our Joe. My JoeJoe. My special, magical, beautiful friend. We signed off every message with "I love you, buddy", and yet I'm worried I still didn't tell you enough. 'For the last four years you have been my solace, my rock, my confidante. I've told you all my secrets, and you said you'd take them to the grave. 'Words cannot describe this pain, it doesn't make sense and it'll take time to process. 'But now you're at peace, you're in a better place. I'm going to miss you Joe Lyons, so much.' Got a story? If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we'd love to hear from you. MORE: Gogglebox's Tom Malone Sr savagely mocks Tom Jr's dance moves as family continue TikTok domination MORE: Amanda Kloots says picking up late husband Nick Cordero's ashes was 'horrible and surreal'