‘I screamed’ Gaby Roslin says didn’t know Terry Wogan was ill before death

‘I screamed’ Gaby Roslin says didn’t know Terry Wogan was ill before death

October 15, 2021

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Gaby Roslin, 57, said she was shocked to find out that Sir Terry Wogan was ill with cancer before his death. The TV and radio presenter made the candid admission while speaking to Kate Thornton on White Wine Question Time.

Gaby worked with the late Irish radio and television broadcaster  on Children in Need and The Terry and Gaby Show.

Of her relationship with Sir Terry before his death, Gaby said: “I kept saying to my husband: ‘I must get in touch with Terry.

“I haven’t spoken to him or emailed him for a while. I must do it.

“I kept talking about it for probably a few weeks.”

But Gaby went on to reveal her shock as she found out about Sir Terry’s death during a phone call from a BBC boss.

The BBC boss said the broadcaster understood if she couldn’t make her show that day.

And that was when Gaby understood what had happened.

She explained: “And he realised that I hadn’t heard that Terry had just died and he said: ‘I’m so sorry I have to tell you that Terry died’.

“The shock! I got the same news when Paula [Yates] died.

“I hadn’t read it in the paper, I hadn’t seen anything and it’s the same phone call.

“I remember sitting down going: ‘Terry!’ and I screamed because I got such a shock.

“I didn’t know he was ill, I hadn’t spoken to him for a while and and he said to me: ‘If you don’t come in, I completely understand.’”

Sir Terry died of cancer aged 77 in January, 2016.

The legendary broadcaster was given the status of national treasure the same year with a service of thanksgiving.

The Queen sent a representative to pay her respects to the late star.

Celebrities attending the ceremony included Dermot O’Leary, Claudia Winkleman, Fearne Cotton, Tess Daly, Joanna Lumley, Gloria Hunniford, Jimmy Carr, Eamonn Holmes, Ruth Langsford, Matt Baker and Jo Whiley.

Strictly Come Dancing co-host Claudia said: “I thought the service was beautiful.”

Then-BBC director-general Tony Hall recounted Sir Terry’s “memorable” quotes while presenting Eurovision.

He said: “My own favourite comes from 2007, when he announced at the start, ‘Who knows what hellish future lies ahead? Actually I do, I’ve seen the rehearsals’.”

He thanked the radio and TV legend “for giving us so much sheer unalloyed joy.”

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