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Kirsty Young has stepped down as Desert Island Discs host, and Twitter is at a loss

Kirsty has presented the show since 2006.

FOR THE LAST 12 years, Kirsty Young has been the voice associated with lazy Sunday mornings.

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Having taken over from Sue Lawley as the host of Desert Island Discs in 2006, the Scottish broadcaster has brought the BBC institution to a whole new audience, and has been responsible for some of the most memorable interviews of the show’s 76-year-run.

Today, however, it has been announced that Kirsty has had to step down as the show’s presenter following a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.

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The 49-year-old host issued a statement confirming that she will be replaced by BBC presenter, Lauren Laverne.

Casting away some of the world’s most fascinating people is a wonderful job – however, I’m having to take some time away from Desert Island Discs as I’m suffering from a form of fibromyalgia.

She added:

I wish Lauren all the very best, I know she will be great. And I very much look forward to getting back to good health and back to work.

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Lauren paid tribute to her predecessor on Twitter, and wished her well in the months to come.

For Desert Island Discs die-hards, the news has come as somewhat of a blow, and Kirsty is currently trending on Twitter.

Former castaways and members of the public have wasted no time adding their voice to the conversation today.

In a statement, Lauren acknowledged the esteem with which listeners hold Kirsty, and as a fan, she says she wants to do her proud.

As a listener first and foremost, I know what a special place Desert Island Discs holds in the hearts of the British public. So much of that is down to the warmth, wit and peerless skill of Kirsty Young. I wish Kirsty better and will do my very best to look after Desert Island Discs until her return.

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