Sally Nugent: what has the TV presenter said about BBC Breakfast co-host Dan Walker moving to Channel 5 News?
During a discussion about his move from BBC Breakfast to 5 News with his co-host, Dan Walker said it wasn’t motivated by money
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Dan Walker’s BBC Breakfast co-host Sally Nugent has said how much she will miss her friend Dan Walker when he leaves the show.
Nugent made the comments live on the BBC Breakfast sofa on Tuesday 5 April, just hours after Walker announced he would be leaving the show.
Walker took to Twitter at around 3pm on Monday 4 April to tell fans he is going to leave his role at the BBC and will instead be the presenter of 5 News on Channel 5.
Here’s everything you need to know.
What did Sally Nugent say?
Sally Nugent first commented on her co-star’s departure on her official Twitter page on Monday 4 April.
Re-tweeting Walker’s announcement tweet, she wrote “We’re not just colleagues but we’re friends too. Dan is simply brilliant to sit next to. I will miss him. Go and be fabulous.”
Nugent then spoke about Walker’s move to Channel 5 around 20 minutes after the start of the BBC Breakfast programme on Tuesday 5 April.
Sitting alongside Walker and addressing him directly, she said: “We’ve been friends for 20 years, we worked together for six months and you’re off.”
Walker responded: “I know, but in all honesty you know that, as I explained to you before all the news came out, this has been a really difficult decision for me.
“Probably the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my career, because I love you to bits and I really love working with you.”
Nugent interjected and said “I love you too, Daniel.”
Walker thanked Nugent and then continued.
He said: “I love the team at BBC Breakfast, and the six years I’ve had on this sofa have been the best six years of my career by some distance.”
“But I think sometimes opportunities come along and you have to grab them, don’t you?”
What did Dan Walker say about his move from the BBC to Channel 5?
While discussing his move from BBC Breakfast to 5 News live on the BBC Breakfast sofa, Walker said that it was not influenced by money.
He said: “I’ve never ever been motivated by money in any job that I’ve ever taken.”
He also commented on the fact that his new role at Channel 5 will also see him host other shows on the channel, not just the news programme.
He said: “Even though I love BBC Breakfast, everybody that works on the show, this is a fantastic opportunity to work with a brilliant team at Channel 5 and also go and make some other programmes outside of news.”
Nugent tried to get more information from Walker about the other programmes he will present on Channel 5, saying “oh, what might we see?”
But, Walker would not reveal any details and responded with “I can’t give anything away.”
He added: “You’re always suggesting shows I should do - are you trying to get rid of me?"
Nugent responded with a joke and said "Finally - it’s worked, he’s going".
What did Dan Walker say to viewers?
During his chat with Sally Nugent on BBC Breakfast, Walker also took the chance to thank viewers and colleagues for their messages of support after he announced that he was leaving the show.
He said: "I should also say thank you so much for so many lovely messages yesterday. I said to you, ‘I don’t think anybody will care.’
“But I’ve had so many lovely messages from BBC Breakfast viewers and loads of other people as well."