Since 2006, Kirsty has interviewed celebrities about their lives and favourite music on the Radio 4 show, but has announced she’s to step down while she battles fibromyalgia, a chronic condition which causes pain all over the body..
She said: “Casting away some of the world’s most fascinating people is a wonderful job – however, I’m having to take some time away from Desert Island Discs as I’m suffering from a form of fibromyalgia.
“I wish Lauren all the very best, I know she will be great. And I very much look forward to getting back to good health and back to work.”
Kirsty will present the first two episodes of the upcoming run of ‘Desert Island Discs’, which begins on 16 September, interviewing opera star Danielle de Niese and neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, after which Lauren will take over for the rest of the series.
Lauren said of her new role: “It’s a huge honour to be asked to cover my favourite programme on behalf of one of my heroes.
“As a listener first and foremost I know what a special place Desert Island Discs holds in the hearts of the British public. So much of that is down to the warmth, wit and peerless skill of Kirsty Young.
“I wish Kirsty better and will do my very best to look after Desert Island Discs until her return.”
In 2017, ‘Desert Island Discs’ celebrated its 75th year on the airwaves, with football legend David Beckham being cast away in the show’s anniversary special.