Roman Kemp takes leave from capital’s breakfast after friend’s death


Roman Kemp and his co-hosts Sian Welby and Sonny Jay take their leave of the show (Photo: Getty / Twitter / CapitalOfficial)

Roman Kemp takes a hiatus from his Capital FM breakfast show after the death of a close friend.

The presenter, 27, and fellow Capital Breakfast hosts Sonny Jay, 27, and Sian Welby, 33, walked off the air midway through the show on Tuesday after learning that a friend they had been with all worked had died.

A Capital spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Rob Howard and Lauren Layfield will be hosting Capital Breakfast for the remainder of the week. ”

The trio were cleared by station executives in light of the tragic news, with Rob, 31, and Lauren, 32, taking over in their absence.

Listeners had noticed that Tuesday’s show was cut off after an interview with Little Mix, with the presenters leaving after being informed of the news.

An industry source told The Sun, “Roman and his colleagues are in complete shock, they can’t believe someone they were all close to is gone.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Anthony Harvey / REX (10558797ha) Martin Kemp and Roman Kemp 40th Brit Awards, VIP Arrivals, The O2 Arena, London, UK - February 18, 2020

Roman, who is the son of Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet, lost a close friend this week (Photo: Anthony Harvey / REX)

“They were all completely overwhelmed by this shocking news and take time to mourn and digest the tragedy.

“It’s a tough time for all of them right now.

Roman, Sonny and Sian are expected to resume the show in the coming weeks.

Fans took to Twitter to share their condolences following the tragic news, writing: ‘@romankempsend love after your friend dies. X ‘

Others added, “I just heard the news. Sending love @romankemp @Sianwelby @SonnyJay ‘and’@romankemp@Sianwelby @SonnyJay hope all is well, sorry to hear the sad news’.

Roman Kemp has hosted the breakfast show since 2017, initially with Vick Hope, before Sonny joined the couple full-time in 2018. Vick announced that she would be leaving in February 2020, before Sian joined Roman and Sonny to host the show since March. has reached out to representatives for Roman Kemp for comment.

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