Roman Kemp burst into tears on his Capital Breakfast radio show on Monday as he returned to work following the death of the show's producer, Joe Lyons.
The presenter and his co-stars Sian Welby, 33 and Sonny Jay, 27, took a break from the show last Tuesday after hearing the sad news.
And the 27-year-old Roman decided to speak to viewers about how he felt on Monday as he paid tribute to his "best friend" Joe. The cause of his death was not disclosed.
"He was our best buddy": Roman Kemp burst into tears on Monday when he returned to work at Capital Breakfast after the death of producer Joe Lyons
When he collapsed, he said, “We wanted to share some really sad news. I never thought I'd ever have to do that.
“Last Tuesday we suddenly lost one of our best friends. Our producer Joe was a member of the Capital Breakfast family.
“We try to process it all together. We wanted to share this news with you. & # 39;
Roman continued, & # 39; Joe had worked for Global, the parent company, for nine years.
Sad news: Joe, known on the show as producer Joe, sadly passed away – the cause of his death was not disclosed – this was his last Instagram post, shared on June 20
Painful: Roman made an effort to contain his emotions during the show
“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 from my first show. He taught to be everything. I don't know if I'm in a radio studio without him. "
Speaking of their close bond, Roman added, "He's the person I would sit here and flush out all the time.
& # 39; He loved dogs. Obsessed with his daily step count. Never ironed his clothes. He loved his family so much. His father Ivan, his mother Celia, his sister Lou.
“He loved his friends … his fans, he had fans. What he loved most was doing this show, you listen.
Roman said of his friend: “He loved dogs. Obsessed with his daily step count. Never ironed his clothes. He loved his family so much. His father Ivan, his mother Celia, his sister Lou & # 39;
“He was like a genius coming up with these ideas. He was driven by the reaction from you every day. & # 39;
Roman's mother, Shirlie Kemp, wrote in Joe's last Instagram post on June 20, "God bless you, Joe … you were and will always be loved this way."
Capital Breakfast host Vick Hope took to Instagram Monday morning to pay tribute to Joe.
She shared a series of pictures of them and wrote, “Our Joe. My JoeJoe. My special, magical, beautiful friend. We closed every message with “I love you buddy” and yet I worry that I still haven't told you enough.
Devastated: The 27-year-old radio host and his co-stars Sian Welby and Sonny Jay (all pictured) came off the air in the middle of their radio show on Tuesday after hearing the heartbreaking news
Heartbroken: Sian burst into tears as Roman paid his tribute to Joe on Monday
“I really love you buddy, so much. We all do that. I hope you know that. We are so happy to have known you. The world is a better place to have you in. And now the stars have received an extraordinary gift in you. Look at everything you've done, Joe. Everything you've achieved, what you've built, who you've inspired.
“Your talent and creativity are so immense, but on top of that, you are the nicest, funniest, most caring, funniest, most loyal, and most spectacular person any of us have known. You really are the best we have ever known. Our friend. My friend.
“For the past four years you have been my consolation, my rock, my confidante. I told you all of my secrets and you said you'd put them in the grave. And now you seem to have done just that, and it breaks my heart.
"Words cannot describe this pain, it doesn't make sense and it will take time to process." I keep repeating: not you, please not you. But now you are at peace, you are in a better place. I will miss you so much, Joe Lyons. "
She continued, "Thanks for every crab dance, every" you're embarrassing us baby ", every cereal box game, every 5am at a house party we're not invited to, every" bah bah ", every undersized Chino, every photo bomb courtesy of you, every cocktail we shook in your apartment, or every evening we spent in my garden doing things we shouldn't be doing on a school night, every club, Sitting in the corner of the plan every time we were back and ready to do it all over again, every single damn laugh, every hug the world meant for you making me feel safe and understood to be.
“And thank you for being my favorite Valentine's Day. We met our match in each other. I've never met anyone so weird and wild and together we were in chaos.
"Wherever you are, I hope you're causing chaos there too. We never wanted the party to end, and I don't think it's over either. We'll only see you at the afterparty. Until then, I love you, buddy. My thoughts are with your parents and Lou; Ro, Sonny and the team; Olly and everyone who loves you. & # 39;
Succinct: Vick Hope, host of the Capital Breakfast, took to Instagram Monday morning to pay tribute to Joe
Special Person: Vick wrote a poignant post about what Joe had meant to her
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