BBC Breakfast’s Sally and Nina hold back tears as they discuss the death of ‘brilliant’ co-star

BBC Breakfast’s Sally Nugent and Nina Warhurst hold back tears as they discuss the death of ‘brilliant’ co-star Bill Turnbull

BBC Breakfast’s Sally Nugent and Nina Warhurst held back tears as they addressed the death of their ‘brilliant’ co-star.

Bill Turnbull was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2017 but sadly passed away in September 2022, aged 66.

The presenters discussed what an incredible man Bill was, with an emotional Sally saying: ‘What a man. What a great man, would have been his birthday today.’

'What a man': BBC Breakfast's Sally Nugent and Nina Warhurst fought back tears as they addressed the death of their 'brilliant' co-star

‘What a man’: BBC Breakfast’s Sally Nugent and Nina Warhurst fought back tears as they addressed the death of their ‘brilliant’ co-star

Nina asked if she had good memories of Bill, with Sally responding: ‘Yes, he’s just brilliant to work with. Brilliant to know. 

‘Very, very kind, very, very wise and as we saw in that piece there, really private, so for him to talk about his health was a really big deal, that’s how important it was to him.’

Nina, who was filling in for Jon Kay, quipped: ‘And a brilliant dad,’ with Sally adding: ‘We really miss him.’

Sad: Bill Turnbull was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2017 but sadly passed away in September 2022, aged 66

Sad: Bill Turnbull was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2017 but sadly passed away in September 2022, aged 66

The presenters discussed what an incredible man Bill was, with an emotional Sally saying: 'What a man. What a great man, would have been his birthday today.'

The presenters discussed what an incredible man Bill was, with an emotional Sally saying: ‘What a man. What a great man, would have been his birthday today.’

Bill’s daughter Flora appeared on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday morning and during a video segment discussed how she was training to run the London Marathon in his honour.

She said: ‘Losing dad was obviously such a big thing for us and our family. I think first of all I wanted to have a purpose this year, and to remember Dad in the most purposeful way possible.

‘This felt like I could pay tribute to him in a way that was personal to him, because he ran the marathon a few times, and also to highlight this cause for Prostate Cancer UK.’

Bill, who appeared on the programme from 2001 until 2016, revealed the diagnosis in March 2018 and detailed his treatment in a Channel 4 documentary called Staying Alive. 

Tribute: Bill, who appeared on the programme from 2001 until 2016, revealed the diagnosis in March 2018 and detailed his treatment in a Channel 4 documentary called Staying Alive

Tribute: Bill, who appeared on the programme from 2001 until 2016, revealed the diagnosis in March 2018 and detailed his treatment in a Channel 4 documentary called Staying Alive

Family: Bill's daughter Flora appeared on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday morning and during a video segment discussed how she was training to run the London Marathon in his honour

Family: Bill’s daughter Flora appeared on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday morning and during a video segment discussed how she was training to run the London Marathon in his honour

Bill said after his prostate cancer diagnosis five years ago that he ‘couldn’t have any complaints’ if he was to die the next day, his former co-presenter Susanna Reid previously recalled.

The former BBC Breakfast presenter revealed in a Radio Times interview in March 2018 that he had discovered he had the illness the previous November while filming for The Great British Bake Off’s Stand Up to Cancer special.

Susanna recalled what Bill had said at the time, saying his words ‘really hit home to me when I read them’ and that she was ‘so grateful to have known him’.

Bill had said: ‘The contract I thought I had with life has been shortened quite a bit. You have to be positive, don’t you? I know I’m not going to get cured and I’m realistic about the long-term prospects, but they’re not bad.

On the show, Sally said: 'He's just brilliant to work with. Brilliant to know.' (Sally, Bill and Louise Minchin pictured in 2015)

On the show, Sally said: ‘He’s just brilliant to work with. Brilliant to know.’ (Sally, Bill and Louise Minchin pictured in 2015)

‘Most importantly, I really do think I’ve had a wonderful life, with amazing experiences as a reporter and a presenter. And if it was all to end tomorrow, I couldn’t have any complaints. I’ve had a really marvellous time.’

Susanna, who first worked with Bill more than 25 years ago as his producer when he was a correspondent for BBC News in Washington, also told GMB: ‘I was absolutely knocked sideways yesterday by the loss of Bill.’

She continued: ‘He was such a funny person to be around… and I don’t want to sound sombre talking about him because he had such a sense of humour. I remember when he presented on this programme, we called him a ‘saucepot’ because he definitely had a way with the double entendres, he really did. He was delightful company.’

Susanna, who first worked with Bill more than 25 years ago as his producer when he was a correspondent for BBC News in Washington, also told GMB: 'I was absolutely knocked sideways yesterday by the loss of Bill' (pictured on November 23, 2016)

Susanna, who first worked with Bill more than 25 years ago as his producer when he was a correspondent for BBC News in Washington, also told GMB: ‘I was absolutely knocked sideways yesterday by the loss of Bill’ (pictured on November 23, 2016)

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