September 8, 2023

Helen Skelton has broadcast her final show for BBC Radio 5 Live after a year in her Sunday morning slot.

The TV and radio star, who has allegedly come under fire from bosses for plugging brands during her time working for the BBC, bid an emotional farewell to listeners on Sunday as she explained she wanted to spend more of her weekend with her children.

Talking to her her fellow 5 Live presenter Steve Crossman, Helen, with her voice breaking said: ‘I am not alright about it but needs must. The juggle is real.’

The star, who split from the father of her children last year, added that she wanted to be around to see her children at their weekend sports fixtures, telling listeners that ‘there is an eight-year-old with a sideline who needs me’. 

Later, as she ended her show Helen said she has ‘loved every minute of the past year … thank you to all the team and thank you to all of you. Its hard to know what to say without getting emotional!’

Moving on: Helen Skelton has broadcast her final show for Radio Five Live after a year in her Sunday morning slot.

Family: The star bid an emotional farewell to listeners on Sunday as she explained she wanted to spend more of her weekend with her children-  Ernie, eight, Louis, five, kingslot96 and 16-month-old daughter Elsie 

Helen is a mum of three, sharing her children – Ernie, eight, Louis, five, and 16-month-old daughter Elsie – with ex husband Richie Myler.

The television presenter, 40, announced her split from England and Leeds Rhinos rugby league star Richie, 33, in April last year. 

Helen took over from Laura Whitmore on her BBC Radio Sunday show last August. Next Sunday, coverage of the Women’s World Cup final will be broadcast in the timeslot.

It was reported this month that Helen has allegedly come under fire from BBC bosses after plugging brands during her time working on TV show Morning Live.

The television presenter has gone against the strict guidelines of the broadcasting corporation by tagging the brands of clothing, jewellery and cake makers in her Instagram posts.

Guidelines state that ‘no on-air talent should promote products, goods, services or clothing they use’.

The BBC, which is funded by the license fee, does not allow advertising or product placements on its television or radio outputs, or on its websites.

Helen has since removed the tags and did not receive payment for naming the brands on her social media channel.

Goodbye: Helen was in good spirits as she left the radio studios on Sunday, carrying gifts from her colleagues 

Controversial? It was reported this month that Helen has allegedly come under fire from BBC bosses after plugging brands during her time working on TV show Morning Live

A BBC spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Helen pays for the clothes she wears on the show and does not have relationships with the brands tagged.

‘She has now removed brand mentions from social posts linked to the programme.’

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Helen for comment.

Meanwhile, Helen has recently launched herself back into the dating scene.

A source told Closer Magazine: ‘Helen’s family and friends encouraged her to get back out there and she was happy to dip her toe back into the dating scene, but she has had some wobbles and found herself feeling guilty. She’s concerned about who to let into her life and worried about being judged for any decisions she makes.

‘There have also been some people who have made comments about her not trying hard enough to make it work with Richie, and it’s made her think about her marriage and what went wrong. 

‘Ultimately, she knows she tried everything she could, and once the trust was broken there was just no going back. But dating again has brought up some unexpected feelings that she’s been struggling with.’

It comes after source told OK! magazine: ‘After her trust was broken, she’s nowhere near ready for an all-in long-term romance.

‘But she’s not closing herself off to anything anymore. She’s open to new adventures in all respects and is making it her aim to say ‘yes’ to more things that excite her.’

MailOnline has contacted Helen’s representative for comment.

Ex: The television presenter, 39, announced her split from England and Leeds Rhinos rugby league star Richie, 33, in April last year

Helen is also moving on from Richie by putting the marital home they once shared on the market.

A source told The Mirror : ‘Helen has moved on with her life and feels it’s time to start with a clean slate.

‘She’s put the house they shared on the market and is looking for a new place she can move to with the kids in the coming months.’

Since his split from Helen, Richie has gone on to have a baby with new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill, 32, the daughter of Leeds Rhinos president Andrew.

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