BBC Breakfast: Dan Walker punches studio light in dance blunder
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Dan Walker, 43, has refused to back down in the face of a jibe from his breakfast TV rival Piers Morgan, 55. It comes after the Good Morning Britain host questioned if the BBC Breakfast presenter’s “saintly halo” was “cracking” after he made what some viewers deemed to be a “sexist” error on the show yesterday.
However, Dan hit back at Piers today on Twitter by bringing up his controversial holiday to Antigua over the Christmas period to take a swipe at the outspoken star.
Piers aimed a jibe at Dan after his show BBC Breakfast sparked backlash by not referring to guest Professor Claire Hopkins by her title.
Addressing the awkward blunder, Piers tweeted to his seven million followers: “Oh dear.
“Is that the sound of a saintly halo, I hear cracking?”
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Underneath, he posted an article referring to Dan’s so-called “sexist error”.
Piers’ tweet came hours after the BBC presenter apologised to Professor Claire Hopkins after the show neglected to include her title, but used it in the case of a male professor.
Dan seemed less than impressed with Piers’ analysis of his mistake, as he issued a retort in view of his 680,000 followers this evening.
He mischievously penned: “I know… just wait until they find out about my Christmas family holiday to Antigua during a global pandemic.”
Dan was referring to Piers’ highly-criticised trip to Antigua over the Christmas holidays.
Piers defended his holiday to the Caribbean after he was slammed for jetting abroad amid rising cases of coronavirus in the UK.
After being asked to name countries he thought had done a good job of controlling the spread of the virus, he listed Australia, Taiwan, New Zealand and South Korea as examples.
But when someone else retorted “what about Antigua?”, he responded: “Antigua, like all the Caribbean islands, has handled the pandemic very well thanks to strict border control and a law-observant population.
“Just 169 cases in total & 5 deaths.”
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The account Media Guido then quote-tweeted Piers’ comments, writing: “Government advice in December was not to travel unless it was essential.
“Piers was publicly calling for Christmas to be cancelled and tougher restrictions. He flew to Antigua first class on Virgin before Christmas Day.”
The presenter then had to explain what rules he had followed, insisting he hadn’t broken any and practiced what he peached on his ITV show GMB.
He also followed his defence up with a video of Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’ statement declaring what could and couldn’t be done in a Tier 3 area, which he was living in at the time.
Dan and Piers often exchange a war of words on Twitter, as their programmes air at the same time on rival channels.
However, Dan seemed to want to step away from the criticism his mistake caused yesterday evening, as he took a temporary break from Twitter.
The host, who also appears on BBC’s Football Focus, penned: “Today is another reminder of how hard it is to explain anything on twitter.
“Good intentions are often picked apart, over-analysed & misconstrued. I’m switching it off for a bit.”
“Might see you later for #MOTD,” hinting at when he could return to the social media platform amid the backlash.
It comes after Dan said sorry to Professor Hopkins yesterday after she took to Twitter to accuse BBC Breakfast of “unconscious bias” and queried why she hadn’t been treated in the same way as her male peer.
A BBC spokesperson told Express.co.uk: ‘We have contacted Professor Hopkins and explained it was human error.”
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