Broadcasting legend's family announces passing of "one of the UK's most enduring and popular radio personalities".
"You seemed to dodge that question," the BBC Radio 4 presenter pointed out.
The TV personality revealed in 2022 he had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
The BBC said "stricter checks" will be implemented on future seasons.
Cabinet Office minister Alex Burghart pleaded "hear me out" as his comments were met with incredulity.
And things got even messier when she later appeared on the BBC's Today programme.
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