Talk show host Lorraine Kelly revealed she stole from Ken Bruce’s studio last year, after welcoming him onto her show on Thursday morning.
Veteran broadcaster Bruce announced earlier this month that he was stepping down from his show on BBC Radio 2, and is moving to Bauer’s Greatest Hits Radio next month.
He joins a weekday line-up that includes former BBC presenters Simon Mayo at drivetime and Jackie Brambles in the early evening.
Kelly, 63, has previously called Bruce “the best presenter on radio anywhere in the world”, and welcomed him onto her show on Thursday morning.
Speaking of a visit she had made to his BBC studio last year, she confessed stealing an unusual valuable.
“Now I was lucky enough to be on the tracks of my years which I loved, it was so nice. But see when I was there, I nicked something from you,” she told Bruce.
She added: “It was just before Christmas.”
Bruce responded: “What?”
Kelly continued: “I saw it lying there on your desk and I had to nick it. Now every year it’s on the top of my Christmas tree.”
A screen behind the pair revealed a Christmas tree topper with Bruce’s face on it, which Kelly said she uses to top a “bottle of booze” from time to time.
“You know when you’ve got something very precious when you put your Christmas decorations away,” she added.
“There’s a little snowman that my daughter made me years ago when she was two, and then there’s Ken. They’re put away in a special box with tissue paper.”
“I have to say, Lorraine,” Bruce quipped, “it’s just a bit of paper.”
He suggested she could just print out fresh copies every year, to which Kelly responded: “No it’s not the same. This was yours, it was on your desk.”
Bruce, 72, previously said that he would “always be proud” of his association with the BBC and Radio 2, but that he wanted to continue his career “in a slightly different way in the next few years”.
He first joined the corporation in 1977 in his 30s as a BBC Radio Scotland presenter, going on to present several different programmes.
The presenter will move to Bauer in April to present a new mid-morning show from 10am to 1pm.
His BBC slot is due to be taken over by TV presenter Vernon Kay in May, on a date yet to be announced.
Gary Davies, host of the station’s Sounds Of The 80s, will present the mid-morning show from March 6 until Kay takes over the helm, the BBC said.
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