BBC denies Zoe Ball is confirmed to replace Chris Evans

Following the announcement that Chris Evans is leaving the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, the BBC has denied that it's offered Zoe Ball the job of replacing him.

Contrary to tabloid speculation today (September 17) that Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two host Zoe has been lined up for the prestigious role, the Beeb told Digital Spy that no-one has been officially appointed yet.

"We are considering and talking to a number of people," a BBC spokesperson said. "We haven't made a decision and we'll make an announcement when we have."

Chris is returning to his roots over at Virgin Radio in the New Year, reclaiming the Breakfast Show post which he previously held from 1997 to 2001.

"In many ways, Virgin Radio is my spiritual home," he said.

"I see nothing but exciting and ground-breaking opportunities ahead. In a medium that is changing so quickly on a daily basis, the potential for growth is unprecedented.

"Our plan is to give it all we've got, see where we can get to and have the most possible fun along the way. It makes me smile every time I think about it."

The former Top Gear and TFI Friday presenter, who took over the Radio 2 role from Sir Terry Wogan, shared some words of support towards his eventual successor too.

"I honestly think the [Radio 2] Breakfast Show is currently as positive, useful, sunny and inclusive as it has ever been. In fine shape for its next custodian," he declared.

"Whoever that turns out to be, I wish them all the very best, they are in for an absolute blast."

Keep posted for any fresh announcements.