Dan Walker announces he’s leaving Football Focus
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Following Dan Walker’s surprising announcement that he would be stepping down for hosting Football Focus after 12 years, the 43-year-old was inundated with support from fans willing him to stay. But with also being the prominent face of BBC Breakfast Dan was also hit with negative responses, to which he felt he needed to address.
Appreciate your support almost as much as your unconventional spelling
After he posted a video detailing why he was leaving the sporting show, someone made a suggestion that promoted the host to reply.
They wrote on Twitter: “Dan you should stay instead of being the BBC muppit on breakfast asking political questions you know nothing about.”(sic)
Noting the misspelling of the word ‘muppet’ in their tweet, Dan poked fun at their grammar while keeping his reply sincere.
“Appreciate your support,” he penned before adding the cheeky dig.
“Almost as much as your unconventional spelling.”
But among those who felt the need to insult the mild-mannered presenter, it’s fair to say the reactions from most were very pleasant.
Many of his celebrity pals wished him well on his other ventures, with Good Morning Britain’s Ben Shephard disappointed to see him leave the sporting show.
“So sorry to hear this Dan – have loved and enjoyed more or less every one!!! You’re def owed a weekend lie-in. Can’t wait to see what’s next!!” he wrote.
Dan replied: “Thanks Ben. Hopefully see you soon once all this mess is over.”
But his departure begged the question – who would be replacing him for the next season?
There was one person who seemed to want a look in – Piers Morgan – who jokingly teased he would be hosting the weekly football show following Dan’s announcement.
Stating to his own Twitter followers that he will be “starting on Saturday”, Dan soon addressed his claims and took yet another brutal swipe at his former TV nemesis, poking fun at his dramatic storm off following a heated debate with Alex Beresford.
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“Make sure you’re ready by about 12:25,” the telly star replied to Piers.
“I’ve got a big thing planned where I’m going to storm off.”
Fans found the petty swipe hilarious, as some joked it would be “one way to kill of viewers”.
In his video message to football fans, Dan said it was a pleasure to have presented the show for so long.
He said: “Hello! I have some news. This is going to be my last season presenting Football Focus.
“It’s been a real pleasure and an amazing 12 years and I can honestly I have loved every single second of it.
“I’m really proud about the job we have done, the changes we made to the show, the issues we looked at and at a time when the football landscape is changing immeasurably.
“But having said all that, after 12 years it’s time for someone else to take the reigns.”
The presenter confirmed he’ll still be appearing on Breakfast and across BBC sport, and teased he has “one or two other exciting opportunities further down the road”.
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