Jo Whiley pulls out of BBC Radio 2 show after sister is rushed to hospital with Covid

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Jo Whiley, 55, took to social media this evening as she announced she would not be presenting her regular slot on BBC Radio 2 show after her sister Frances was rushed to hospital. The news comes as Jo confirmed Frances had tested positive for the virus on Tuesday.

Taking to Twitter, she addressed her 336,000 followers as she revealed her sister Frances had been rushed to hospital with Covid.

She wrote: “I can’t do my @BBCRadio2 show this evening.

“My sister Frances is v poorly in hospital with Covid. I don’t feel shiny or happy tonight, I feel very scared.

“However, I’ll be listening to @willyoung who I know will light up our kitchen in the depths of our darkness.”

Many of the radio presenter’s celebrity pals have since replied to her post as they sent their well wishes.

BBC Breakfast star Louise Minchin wrote: “Sending love to you all Jo xxx.”

Countryfile star Helen Skelton added: “Sending love.”

TV cook Nigella Lawson continued: “I so hope Frances pulls through soon. Sending you and her so much love.”

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The BBC star said: “I fail to understand, to be honest with you. Myself, my parents and the home have done everything we can to try and facilitate the vaccine coming in to the people who need it the most.

“She is in tier six but she also has quite bad diabetes, which in my understanding puts her in tier four because she has an underlying health condition, so I would have thought that she would have been vaccinated, but that hasn’t happened.”

She continued: “And I suppose what I am doing is just wanting to speak up for people like Frances, people who live in her care home, who have been overlooked, because this happens so often.

“People with learning difficulties are neglected. They haven’t got a voice, they haven’t got anybody there. Just badgering everybody saying, ‘What about me? Help me out here’.”

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