Broadcaster and comedian Ted Robbins will miss his regular BBC Radio Lancashire Sunday show today after being taken ill last night.
He collapsed on stage in front of 20 thousand people during the first night of the Phoenix Nights Live gig, where the cast of the show have reunited for 15 special Comic Relief shows. Ted played Den Perry in TV series from 2001 and 2002.
The show was in the first 10 minutes of the second half when Ted stood back, held his chest and fell to the stage floor. Reports on Twitter suggest there was confusion over whether it was part of the show but soon the curtains closed and an announcement was made to say the show had been cancelled for the night.
Ted’s Sunday morning show on BBC Radio Lancashire offers “Sunday morning fun, frolics and showbiz glitz” – he’s been a regular on the station for many years and previously hosted the weekday morning slot. Glen Hunt will cover the programme today.
Manchester Arena says he was taken to hospital and is now in a stable condition.
Friends and colleagues offered their best wishes on Twitter to the presenter, but sadly ITV News tweeted a photo of LBC’s Nick Ferrari when reporting on the news.
Thinking of my pal Ted Robbins who's been taken ill tonight. He sure is a fighter as @KateRobbins said.. Thoughts & prayers with you Ted xxx
— jon culshaw (@jonculshaw) February 1, 2015
Relieved to hear the lovely funny Ted Robbins is now in a stable condition in hospital. The nicest guy. Willing him to make speedy recovery
— Gordon Burns (@mrgordonburns) January 31, 2015
Just getting an update on #TedRobbins He is stable but he needs our prayers . Nice man. We go back a long way. MC'D my 50th birthday party.
— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) January 31, 2015
Most on audience unsure at first if Ted Robbins collapsing on stage was part of show. His family were sat in front of me and rushed forward
— Dan Johnson (@DanJohnsonNews) January 31, 2015