Where is Dan Walker today? Here's why he's not on BBC Breakfast

Dan Walker
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Where is Dan Walker today? BBC Breakfast fans have been wondering why the former Strictly star has been absent from the popular show. 

Loyal BBC Breakfast viewers previously questioned if there's been a shake-up at the broadcasting house after Dan Walker failed to return to screens last month and now the host is missing again from screens just days after announcing he was quitting the show (opens in new tab) with many fans asking why is he leaving the BBC? (opens in new tab)

Where is Dan Walker today?

Dan Walker is absent from BBC Breakfast today because he is on annual leave and is likely to be spending time with his family including his wife Sarah (opens in new tab) and their son Joe and daughters Susanna and Jessica in the Easter holidays (opens in new tab).

Dan is a viewer favourite after there was a change in presenters on the BBC Breakfast sofa following the departure of Louise Minchin (opens in new tab) last year.

Fans of the breakfast chat show noticed that Dan was missing from the sofa this week, having been replaced by Jon Kay who is hosting alongside Sally Nugent (opens in new tab).

Dan shared an update on Twitter to clarify his position, telling his followers, "It is often the case that the simple truth is much duller than all the made-up ‘moles’ and so-called ‘sources’ claim. In a nutshell… a bloke with a really good job, which he loved, got offered a really good job somewhere else which provided an amazing new challenge…

"… and the chance to make some exciting TV. The bloke explained to his current employers that, even though it was a tough decision, he had decided to leave. They are now trying their best to allow him to make a dignified departure. Have a great Monday. I’m off for some toast."

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Sally Nugent (opens in new tab) joined as Louise's replacement and she normally sits beside Dan for the Monday to Wednesday shows.

Also on the rotating lineup is Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt.

Fans have sent Dan their wishes ahead of his new job.

One wrote, "Your talent, enthusiasm, alongside a naturally sympathetic and generous personality will be a hard act to follow. I will miss your presence in my front room three mornings a week but look forward to seeing what comes next. Good luck."

Another fan tweeted, "No explanation needed, those of us who follow you trust that you have considered the choice & reflected on it with those closest to you. Happy you have been supported to have a good send off. Get back to the family, leave the nonsense behind."

And a third fan added, "It’s so bad you have to explain yourself. At the end of the day it’s your decision and people should respect that. I’m not going to lie I was a bit heartbroken when I found out but now I’m looking forward to your new adventure and you’re going to be amazing."

Dan was pictured at the Grand National horse racing on Saturday and shared a snap with BBC Breakfast co-star Sally. He captioned it, "What a lovely afternoon at @aintreeracecourse for Ladies Day with floating @sallynugenttv and some pals. My mate Arnie would like you to know that that is his half-head in the picture with @laurawrightofficial and his arm in the pap shot 😂😂 The one and only @mikebushellofficial was on top form as ever 🎯🐎 @thejockeyclub"

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Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.