Ken Bruce feared he’d get ‘more bitter’ if he’d stayed at Radio 2 after 31 years

Legendary broadcaster Ken Bruce feels he would have become “more bitter” if he had continued to host his BBC Radio 2 show.

The Scottish presenter opened up about why he left the radio station after 31 years during an appearance on the Rosebud podcast hosted by Gyles Brandreth. 

When asked why he left the corporation earlier this year, Ken said that it wasn’t to get a taste of “freedom”, but he did worry he’d get “grumpy” if he stayed.

“I didn’t want to be declining over the next three or four years and still doing the same show but everyone around me getting younger. I was thinking: Am I the old bloke in the corner, here?” the Greatest Hits Radio host revealed.

“I didn’t want to become the old grump in the corner.”

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The radio icon also insisted that he wasn’t sacked by BBC Radio 2, and he had decided to leave on his own.

He added: “I didn’t want to become the old grump in the corner. Any new idea that we tried didn’t work, which does happen.

“I felt I would get more bitter and entrenched.

“I left. I didn’t die in harness. I wasn’t sacked.”

The 72-year old also admitted that “being too involved in work” was the reason why two of his marriages collapsed.

He told Gyles: “I was too involved in my work. I do enjoy doing it.”

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Ken has been married three times and is a father of six children, but his first two marriages both ended in divorce.

He also spoke about how splitting up from his first wife, Fiona Fraser, was a “massive low” for him.

Ken recalled: “That was a massive low for me.

“It doesn’t come out in work. I actually find work therapeutic. Being on the radio is really helpful.”

Following his exit from BBC Radio 2, Ken is now working with Bauer Media Group UK with a brand-new mid-morning show on Greatest Hits Radio.

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