Dan Walker quits BBC Breakfast after six years for new TV role

Dan Walker quits BBC Breakfast
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Dan Walker (opens in new tab) has quit BBC Breakfast after six years.

The Strictly Come Dancing 2021 (opens in new tab) star and host of BBC Breakfast confirmed he is quitting the morning show for a brand new role in a social media announcement today.

Dan has been a presenter on BBC Breakfast for six years, after replacing Bill Turnbull in 2016. Upon announcing his departure from the BBC show, Dan Walker said he was going to Channel 5 (opens in new tab) where he'll take on a brand new role.

Dan announced the news to fans with a video on Twitter. He captioned the post by saying, “Thank you for all your kind comments. Big decision for me to leave Breakfast but I’m really excited to join 5 News & Channel 5. It’s been a privilege to work with some amazing people at Breakfast and I’ve had such a happy 6 years there. See you back on the sofa tomorrow.”

In the video, Dan took a moment to explain his decision to leave, despite loving the show and his BBC team. He said, “Channel 5 came with big ambition, big plans and I don’t think big opportunities like this,  come around very often in TV and I can’t wait.”

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He also added that hopefully, it wouldn’t be a "goodbye to the BBC" citing all the programs he has worked on previously, including Football Focus (opens in new tab), which he left in 2021.

Dan also took a moment to express his gratitude for the "loyal and caring" BBC Breakfast audience and how weird it will be to no longer sit next to his presenting counterpart, Sally Nugent, (opens in new tab)

Dan Walker quits BBC Breakfast Presenter Dan Walker looks on prior to The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on May 21, 2016 in London, England.

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Fans were quick to comment on the news, one tweeted, “Thanks for the wonderful way you have presented the news to us each morning Dan.”

While another added, “Oh Dan I really enjoyed you on the sofa brought a new style of fun not stuffy down to earth I will miss you!” 

Dan ended his video by addressing his fans directly and said, despite looking forward to an occasional lie-in, "I will genuinely miss waking up with you every morning, so take care and I’ll hopefully see you soon!”

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, fashion, and entertainment for Goodto.com and My Imperfect Life.