Lorraine Kelly leads tributes as ‘lovely and funny’ co-star dies

Lorraine Kelly, 61, hailed former TV producer Paul Reizin as ‘smart as a whip’ as she shared the news of his death

Lorraine Kelly has paid tribute to her “funny and lovely” former colleague, who has tragically died.

The TV presenter, 61, hailed former TV producer Paul Reizin as “smart as a whip” as she shared the news of his death.

A statement shared to the official Twitter page of TV-am – which ran from 1983 to 1992 – which read: “We are very sad to hear that TV-am reporter Paul Reizin has died, seen here in typical character… playing the part of King James 1st for a Good Morning Britain feature in 1989.”

The tweet had attached a picture of Paul dressed up in the Jacobean costume.

Responding to the news, Lorraine wrote: “Sad news. A lovely man. Funny and smart as a whip.”

Lorraine Kelly paid tribute to her former co-star



Other journalists joined in to pay tribute to Paul, with BBC Journalist Nick Owen writing: “Terrible news. What a character he was – good journalist and hugely entertaining colleague.”

While another wrote: “Very sad news indeed, thoughts with Paul’s family and friends.”

A third wrote in response to Nick: “Very sad news Nick. Paul always used to pick up the most interesting stories. Lovely to work with. I feel like my Mum when she started to lose old friends. RIP Paul.”

Paul Reizin was hailed as ‘smart as a whip’



Lorraine and Paul both worked on TV-am together at the same time, with Lorraine reporting and hosting on the show from 1984 until 1993.

Paul began working in the media in radio and press before embarking on a TV career, which saw him work behind and in front of the camera.

He later went on to write four novels for Penguin Books – Date Expectations, Dumping Hilary, Don’t Try This At Home and Fiends Reunited.

Meanwhile, Lorraine helped launch GMTV in 1993 and went on to present her own self-titled show, which ran after it aired.

After GMTV was axed in 2010, Lorraine’s show GMTV with Lorraine was retitled to simply ‘Lorraine’.

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