The Repair Shop's Jay Blades breaks down in tears as he video calls elderly fan dying from coronavirus
THE Repair Shop's Jay Blades broke down in tears after he video called an elderly fan dying from coronavirus.
The 50-year-old presenter was contacted by the granddaughter of a man who was a big fan of the BBC show.
The man "in his 90s" had been in hospital with Covid, and while he had returned home, his family told Jay he didn't have long left.
Speaking to Radio Times, Jay revealed: "The other day, I made two members of our community – our society – honorary members of The Repair Shop. One of them was a man in his 90s.
“His granddaughter contacted me and said, ‘He recently had Covid and is out of hospital, but we don’t think he has much time to live.
“'Could you potentially send a video message?' I contacted the granddaughter and we FaceTimed her grandfather.
“When I made this man an honorary expert, all the family on the call were crying. I was crying."
Sadly, the man died soon after, but his family were "over the moon" that Jay had called him before he passed.
Meanwhile, Jay recently revealed his dyslexia is so bad he cannot read the BBC show’s scripts.
The star instead is told who is appearing on the programme and ad-libs in one take.
He said: “I am heavily dyslexic and if they send me a script I can't read it.
“They tell me who is coming on and we do it one take.
“We have formed as a family (work shop staff) and you take the Mickey out of each other so you do what a family does. That is what the production company has done.”
The Repair Shop airs on BBC One and is available on BBC iPlayer.
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