Ken Bruce finally returns to BBC Radio 2 studios as Zoe Ball shares emotional reaction

Ken Bruce jokes his headphones are 'falling apart'

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Ken Bruce, 70, was reunited today with his BBC Radio 2 colleague Zoe Ball, 50, and the pair shared a photo together on Twitter. The radio hosts looked ecstatic to be back together as they bumped elbows, while ensuring they kept their facemasks on.

Alongside the snap, Zoe, who hosts the station’s Breakfast Show, typed: “King Ken is BACK in Wogan House @bbcradio2.”

Underneath fans rejoiced the return of one of their favourite radio DJs, who has hosted his mid-morning show on the station since the 80s.

One said: “How joyous is this photo to look at. Enjoy being back Ken and good to hear your voice this morning too Zoe. Thanks, both (and Radio 2) for keeping us mere mortals going x.”(sic

A second replied: “Wearing a lanyard incase everyone has forgotten what he looks like lol.”(sic)

While a third commented: “Hooray! Order is restored?!”

And a fourth commented: “I was happy and surprised to hear Ken yesterday afternoon. Also, I had to check the time several times over when I switched the radio on.”

The 70-year-old, who regularly has over eight million listeners, has said he would rather “die on air than retire” after spending the past year working from home.

He shared: “I’m going to die in harness, I think. I’ll just keep going, I think.

“I’ve found over the last year when I’ve been working from home, although that’s very different, I still get a huge buzz from being on the radio, I love it.

“I’m not going to walk away in a hurry, I’m not going to look at the passage of time, I’m not going to look at my date of birth and think, ‘It’s time I stopped’.

“If I take that decision it’ll be because either I can’t do it anymore, or because I think the time is right.

“I don’t think I’ll stop doing it, if I don’t do it on Radio 2 I’ll do it somewhere else. Even if it’s me in my old folks home reading out the news bulletins to the other residents I’ll still be doing that sort of thing because I just love it.

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“I want to do it and you feel better for doing it every time you get on air.”

Ken has admitted previously fearing he would lose his job when he hit his 50s but has managed to stay on and remain popular with listeners.

He explained: “Around 15 years I thought my days would be very much numbered on Radio 2 because I was getting older, I was in my late 50s by that time, 55.

“I thought, ‘Well I’ll move out to the country, I’ll live in Oxfordshire and maybe a year or two down the line they’ll get rid of me.’ 

“They have done that sort of thing in the past and I’ve dodged a few bullets, I’m well aware of that, I’ve been very lucky to keep going because I just managed dodge aside when they were firing,” he added to Johnnie and Twiggy Walker on their Consciously Coupling podcast.

Ken’s total net worth isn’t public knowledge but he is known to be one of the BBC’s highest earners, and in 2020 it was said his yearly pay packet had risen to £250,000 – £300,000.

The DJ commutes by train from Oxfordshire into London every day to host his popular show that features fan-favourite quiz PopMaster.

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