BBC Radio 1’s Matt Edmondson and Mollie King have been applauded by listeners after they began today’s show by saying ‘it’s okay not to be okay’ in light of the new lockdown measures.
On Saturday, Boris Johnson announced tier four rules for London and large areas of the South East, effectively cancelling Christmas for millions of people.
Presenters Matt and Mollie started their Weekend Breakfast show on Sunday by addressing the changes and saying they’d hardly slept.
‘So obviously, the world has been very different in 2020 and we’ve been through a lot,’ Matt said.
‘I know you listening have been through a lot this year. It’s been hard – and this news that we’ve had about Christmas and things changing, and maybe not being able to see people as much as we hoped we would, with quite short notice, it’s hit me.’
Mollie replied: ‘It’s difficult to know what to do really, isn’t it? We’ve just got to do the right thing and keep safe, haven’t we?’
‘Absolutely,’ Matt said in response. ‘It doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt any less.’
He then checked in on Radio 1 listeners, and continued: ‘We want to just say, “Are you okay? Are you alright?” and if you’re not, that’s okay.
‘I think a lot of people aren’t okay. It’s alright to cry and it’s alright to be frustrated and not know what to do. And it’s alright to not have a plan right now.
‘It’s alright if you’re annoyed that you’ve not done an online shopping delivery for your food because you thought you were spending Christmas with someone else.
‘It’s okay to feel angry or upset or annoyed or whatever it is that you are feeling. We just wanted to say we’re here and Radio 1 is here as we have been all the time through 2020.’
Many listeners heaped praise on Matt and Mollie for their introduction, with fellow Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw tweeting: ‘Woke up all emo today about not seeing family this year…and this was exactly what i needed to hear, weirdly reassuring to know that everyone is feeling weird too.
‘We’re all in same sh*tty boat and there’s some solace in that i guess. nice words guys.’ (sic)
Meanwhile, another penned: ‘I love this. Things are tough right now and it’s hard to know what to do or say to make anything better. Look after yourselves.’
Matt and Mollie return on Saturday 2nd January at 7am on BBC Radio 1.
Credit: Original article published here.