Chris Evans and his wife Natasha Shismanian have introduced their newborn twins to the world.
The couple, who welcomed a boy and a girl at Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley, Surrey on Wednesday evening, posed with the babies along with their sons Noah, nine, and six-year-old Eli.
The parents beamed as Natasha cradled the twins in her arms.
Earlier on Thursday, Chris confirmed the twins’ arrival on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, which was guest hosted by Sara Cox.
The statement, read out on air, said: “Ping and Pong arrived safe and well last night.
“Ping popped her head out at 22.10, Pong popped his head out 12 minutes later at 22 minutes past 10. Both healthy, both strong, happy and blessed, as was mum throughout.”
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He added: “Infinite thanks to the amazing team at Frimley Park Hospital, amazing people, amazing professionals, helping dreams come true. Thank you.”
Last week, Chris said Ping and Pong was a “working title” for his babies, and that he was considering using them as middle names.
He told Janet Jackson, a guest on his Breakfast Show: “We call them Ping and Pong because they are the unborns. We have a working title!”
But he added: “It’s so cute I want to keep them as the names Ping and Pong.”
When singer Janet asked whether he meant nicknames, Chris replied: “Or middle names.”
Chris is expected to return to the Breakfast Show on Friday.
Opening Chris’ show on Thursday morning, Sara had joked she was the new host.
She is rumoured to be in the running to replace Chris, who is leaving the flagship programme to return to Virgin Radio, though Zoe Ball has reportedly been offered the job.
As she introduced the programme in Chris’ absence on Thursday, she said: “Well here we are then, welcome along to the show. My name is Sara Cox, we never thought we would get here, this is your brand new Radio 2 Breakfast show and I just want to say I am so thrilled. I would like to thank my mum for her support…”
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She then broke off and could be heard speaking to someone in the background, saying: “Just one day? Oh.” The show then cut to music.
Chris and Natasha married in 2007.
As well as his two other sons with Natasha, Chris also has a 32-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
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