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Fans thrilled as Peter Kay returns to spotlight on Cat Deeley’s Radio 2 show: ‘He has been much missed’


Peter Kay made a brief return to the spotlight on Cat Deeley’s Radio 2 show (Picture: Rex)

Peter Kay delighted fans as he made a brief return to the spotlight, appearing on Cat Deeley’s Radio 2 debut.

The Car Share star comedian stepped back from the public eye in 2017, cancelling his 14-month tour due to ‘unforeseen family circumstances’.

He has kept a low profile ever since, aside from pre-recorded TV appearances.

Listeners were clearly thrilled as the 47-year-old phoned into Cat’s show for a quick catch-up, as well as some fun and games.

They flocked to Twitter to share their joy at hearing from the comic once again.

‘Peter Kay on Radio 2 is the best start to 2021 so good to hear his voice #peterkay,’ one tweeted.

Cat was joined by pal Peter on the show – with listeners delighted by their chat (Picture: FilmMagic)

‘Loved listening to @peterkay_co_uk and @catdeeley this morning such a lovely chat and a fun game,’ another agreed. 

‘So lovely to hear from Peter again, always a joy xx.’

‘It’s 2 days in and 2021 is already better than 2020 (thanks @catdeeley for having @peterkay_co_uk on),’ a Twitter user commented.

‘A real treat to hear @peterkay_co_uk back on the airwaves thanks to @catdeeley’s Radio 2 show a little earlier,’ a follower added.

‘The wit & warmth he exudes is such a tonic in these troubled times; he has been much missed. 

‘Plus some of those bad cover versions had me cracking up.’

Peter shocked fans when he cancelled all work commitments in December, 2017, simply explaining that his ‘family comes first’.

A statement shared on his social media profile read: ‘Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.

‘My sincerest apologies… I’m sure you’ll understand that my family must always come first.

‘I’ve always endeavoured to protect my family’s privacy from the media. I hope that the media and the public continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again, I’m very sorry.’

The Phoenix Nights favourite delighted us all when he announced his comeback in February, 2020, confirming that he would hit the road again with Dance For Life to raise money for Cancer Research UK. 

The charity dance-a-thon was scheduled to take place in April and May, with dates in Manchester, Liverpool and London.

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Peter was forced to reschedule the dates.

Discussing the setback in March, he said: ‘Obviously this is disappointing news but well and truly justified given the circumstances. 

‘We’ll get through this, together and then we’ll all have a great big dance for life. 

‘Stay safe and look after yourselves and the people around you.’

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