Dan Walker: BBC Breakfast host ‘asked a few times’ to do Strictly amid Football Focus exit

Dan Walker announces he’s leaving Football Focus

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Dan Walker may be set to take to the dancefloor as the BBC Breakfast host has opened up about being a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing. The TV anchor revealed that he has been approached by BBC bosses a “few times” to take part in the dance competition.

The 44-year-old would be following in the footsteps of a number of Breakfast stars who have hot-footed it onto the dancefloor in previous years, including Carol Kirkwood, Naga Munchetty and Mike Bushell.

Dan is admittedly very vocal on social media about the dance series and said he and his wife Sarah Walker are avid watchers of the BBC programme.

While the dad-of-three explained that while he enjoys watching Strictly, he is slightly apprehensive about showing the world his dance moves.

Dan remarked: “I’ve been asked [to do Strictly] a few times. I see Strictly as a spectator sport.

“Also, I’m 6ft 6in and I’ve got an incredibly huge wingspan. They’d have to get a much bigger studio in there. But I do enjoy it and we like watching it as a family.”

He continued: “My wife loves it. I’ve taken her to the Strictly shows a few times.

“I feel like I’m quite a confident person but confident in the things I know I’m half-decent at.

“There’s a part of me that wishes I had dance floor confidence.”

The Breakfast host admitted that while he loves Strictly, he is a little too shy for the dancefloor.

However, he wouldn’t rule out taking part in the show in the future.

Dan went on: “I see other people on the dance floor and the way they move is amazing. I just don’t have that.

“I’d love to learn that skill and learn to dance but I don’t want to do it in front of millions of people each week. I’ve never ruled it out but it’s not for me at the moment.”

Dan’s comments came weeks before he announced his departure from Football Focus, after 12 years fronting the sports programme.


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Dan is one of the show’s longest-serving presenters and his last show will coincide with the end of the current season on Saturday, May 22.

He will continue to present BBC Breakfast and for BBC Sport, including at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.

Speaking of his time on the show, he said: “It has been an amazing 12 years and I have loved every second of it.

“I am so proud of the job we’ve done, the changes we’ve made and issues we’ve looked at while the football landscape changed immeasurably.

“I’d like to say thank you to the amazing team at Focus who put so much into the show each week and thank you to the audience for tuning in every Saturday.”

Dan also took to his official Twitter account where he shared the news of his exit.

He explained that he “loved every second” of working on the programme but felt it was time for someone else to take on the role.

Dan concluded: “After 12 years it is time for someone else to take the reigns.”

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