Dan Walker says he upset BBC Breakfasts Sally Nugent after exit announcement

Dan Walker has admitted to “upsetting” his co-host Sally Nugent after the newsreader announced he was leaving BBC Breakfast.

Fans of the popular BBC morning show were left heartbroken last week after the TV star confirmed he was moving over the Channel 5 News in the next few weeks where he will take over from Siam William in the news slot.

The news of the 45-year-old broadcaster comes just months after his former colleague Louise Minchin, 53, left the show back in September.

Now, as viewers prepare to big farewell to the dad-of-three, he has opened up about how one person in particular was slightly shaken by the news of his departure from Breakfast.

After the long-standing presenter left the show back in September, former sports presenter Sally took over the reigns as Dan’s new co-star, and it’s clear to see the pair grew close over the months they worked together.

But as the countdown to his final show grow ever closer, the BBC veteran admitted that his 50-year-old co-star was heartbroken when he shared the news.

When talking to the Mirror, the doting dad confessed that the reaction to his decision to leave the broadcast service wasn’t always congratulatory.

He told the publication: “It’s been lovely, apart from [co-host-] Sally [Nugent], who is a bit upset.”

The broadcaster was also quizzed about who could potentially replace him on the iconic red sofa, but Dan confessed he has not been made aware of any potential replacements.

When asked who might take over on presenting alongside the brunette beauty on the morning show, he added: “I have no idea. I don’t know my leaving date.”

In his new role of, the newsreader added how he will also be presenting “a range of new programmes right across the channel”.

He announced the news on social media with a clip of himself as she prepared to leave his dressing room at the BBC studios.

He said: “Hello, Dan Walker here. I have a little bit of news for you. In the next few weeks, I’m going to be leaving BBC Breakfast and moving to 5 News and to Channel 5.

“I’m really excited but this has been a massive decision for me because I love BBC Breakfast.

“I love working alongside Sally and I love the team there, but Channel 5 came with big ambitions, with big plans, and I don’t think opportunities like this come around very often and I can’t wait,” he added.

It comes as Carol Kirkwood could be set to replace her co-star Dan Walker on the early morning show after fans predicted a major shake-up following his exit announcement.

After working on the show for six years, some viewers are now looking forward to seeing the beloved meteorologist take on a permanent presenting role.

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