Dan Walker reveals his 'bad record' on celebrity game shows
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Back in 2019, reports surfaced claiming that BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker, 43, is driven in an executive car from his home in Sheffield to the studio in Salford and back again three days a week, costing an average of £200 per day. At the time, the BBC star strongly denied that his travel is paid for by licence fee payers, and now after a new article was published by the Daily Mail who claimed they had “evidence” proving the reports were true, Dan found himself back where he started, and once again strenuously dismissed the reports and urged people not to listen to “guff”.
The BBC repeatedly told The Mail it wasn’t true
The The Mail on Sunday revealed they had seen “documents” that supported the claims from 2019, with insiders at the BBC also claiming they have been used regularly for several years.
After the Mail’s latest article was published, Dan took to Twitter again on Easter Sunday to rubbish the claims and hopefully put the rumours to bed once and for all.
He urged listeners not to believe everything they read and to instead just enjoy the bank holiday.
“I know this one… No!” he exclaimed on the social media site with a rolling eye emoji, alongside a screenshot of the article.
“The BBC repeatedly told The Mail it wasn’t true.”
He went on to explain: “I personally pay for any taxis outside the ones permitted to get to work at 3:45am and I drive myself 1 day a week – as I will on Tuesday.
“Don’t listen to guff. Enjoy your eggs. Have a lovely Sunday.”
While many backed the presenter, others had a different view and deemed the £200 cost “ridiculous”.
However Dan revealed that the broadcaster has a policy in place to get their employees to and from work if it’s before or after specific hours.
it comes after someone else penned: “Why do they pay for any taxis for you though? My employer has never paid for me to get to work, that’s my responsibility.”
Dan responded with the explanation: “What time do you go to work? The BBC has a ‘safety at work’ protocol that covers claims for transport for anyone before 6am or after 10:45pm.”
The host also replied to another disgruntled fan, who wrote: “So, apparently my TV licence fee is paying for repeats, taxis and 5 star hotels… #BBC @mrdanwalker.”
Dan hit back that there wasn’t much truth in the article, saying: “As a journalist, I’m assuming the truth is important to you. There isn’t much of it in this article. I hope you’re having a good weekend.”
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The BBC said: “These claims are wrong. Our presenters know our policies on travel and accommodation costs and anything outside of BBC policy is paid for by themselves.”
But as Easter Sunday commenced, things continued to pile on Dan as Piers Morgan took aim at his former TV rival in his latest MailOnline column.
The outspoken journalist responded to comments that the host previously said about him last month, where he told The Times: “He likes to throw a few insults around, but underneath all the froth I think there is a decent bloke fighting to get out.”
So the 56-year-old former Good Morning Britain star decided to share his thoughts on what he thinks Dan is really like behind the “faux saintly froth”.
Piers stated: “My supremely virtuous former breakfast TV show rival Dan ‘Halo’ Walker said about me: ‘Underneath all the froth, I think there is a decent bloke fighting to get out.’
“Ironically, I’ve always thought that underneath all Dan’s faux saintly froth, there’s a nasty piece of work fighting to get out.”
The father-of-four then went on to discuss GMB finally triumphing over Breakfast, the true source of their bitter spats.
He continued: “The one thing guaranteed to have him stamping on kittens is the knowledge that GMB finally overtook BBC Breakfast in the ratings, on his watch, on my last day.”
Piers added: “‘For somebody who has gone on record saying they ‘detest silver medals, five years in second place must hurt quite a bit,’ cocky Dan sneered in February.
“It did, yes. But fortunately, Mr Walker, your poodlelike simpering with Government Ministers single-handedly gifted me the gold medal and cured the pain!”
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