Gemma Atkinson: Hollyoaks star addresses sad news ‘He was part of our household’

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Gemma Atkinson, 35, shared with her 276,3000 Twitter followers that she was upset over the passing of Tony Morris, who has been a part of her family’s “teatime” for “so long”. The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant was one of many famous faces who posted their tributes to the ITV Granada Reports presenter, after his death was made public yesterday.

Such sad news

Gemma Atkinson

Gemma shared a post from ITV Granada Reports, and wrote alongside it: “Such sad news. Tony was part of our household’ tea time’ for so long.”

Underneath the tweet, a number of fans took time to pay their own respects to Tony following the sad news.

One wrote: “Man that’s so sad. Never really purposefully tuned into the news but seems such a familiar face.”

Another replied: “Really is sad news! He was such a comfort on our screen with Lucy. He’ll be sorely missed in our house.”

Tony lost his battle against kidney cancer on Saturday at Bury Hospice.

The ITV presenter was a recognisable face after appearing on North West television presenting Granada Reports for 17 years.

Tony had continued to front the show right up until his death, and his co-presenter Lucy Meacock paid her respects online.

She wrote: “He was without doubt one of the most humble, kind and funny people I have ever met, and he would often make me laugh till my sides ached.

“I am so very, very sad and my heart goes out to his daughters Nat and Becky. 

“A smile from Tony Morris always brightened everyone’s day and certainly brightened up the whole of the North West for 17 years.”

Lucy described Tony as a “great observer of people and a great listener”.

Other TV personalities including Paddy McGuinness paid tribute to the news presenter.

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The Top Gear presenter recalled being interviewed by Tony on multiple occasions during his career.

He typed: “Such sad news. RIP Tony Morris. Back in the day, being on Granada Reports meant you’d made it. 

“Tony interviewed me on numerous occasions. Such a lovely, down to earth bloke.

“Deepest condolences to his family,” he added.

ITV royal reporter Chris Ship shared a moving poem that had been created in memoriam by Manchester Poet David Scott.

It read: “You clocked off too early this evening, no notice, no reason, no chance to say goodbye.

“So we return here to the set of the scene that first brought you to our screens.

“And the montage of memories you now leave behind.” 

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