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Dan Walker, 43, has taken Twitter to address a BBC Breakfast viewer’s concerns that he and his co-star Naga Munchetty, 45, have “joined the media circus”. The presenter spoke out in response to the fan’s worries after he shared a clip of deputy medical officer for England, Jonathan Van-Tam, speaking at the coronavirus daily briefing on Saturday.
Dan tweeted the video in view of his 657,000 followers and wrote alongside it: “‘Should people in authority give a lead and obey the rules above all?’”
“Prof Jonathan Van-Tam has a punchy answer at the #DailyBriefing.”
In the clip, Jonathan said when asked whether people in authority should obey the lockdown rules: “In my opinion, the rules have been clear and they have always been clear.
“In my opinion, they are for the benefit of all and in my opinion they apply to all.”
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Jonathan’s comments come after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top adviser Dominic Cummings addressed allegations that he had broken the COVID-19 lockdown by driving to visit his family in Durham.
However, Dan’s tweet about Van-Tam’s words sparked criticism from one fan, who replied by asking, “what has happened to you and Naga?”
They wrote: “What has happened to you & Naga?
“Not the presenters we knew & loved..joined the media circus.”
Dan was quick to reply to the viewer’s claim and questioned why they were irritated by his post.
The journalist wrote back: “I quoted the question.
“I said he gave a ‘punchy’ response – which is factual. I included his answer.
“What exactly is your beef?”
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Dan also insisted he hadn’t shared any of his own “opinions” on the situation with Cummings in his post when another Twitter user hit back: “Be quiet Dan. You are a semi journalist in a news show. Keep your opinions to yourself. Thank you.”
In response, Dan queried: “Can you point out where my opinions were in that tweet please?”
Other fans weighed in on Van-Tam’s statement in the comments section of Dan’s post.
One person wrote: “There’s no way Van Tam could ever be a politician. He answered the question with no waffle and very few words leaving everyone in doubt how he felt. If only every politician could do this!”
A second fan added: “Well done professor. Very brave of you.”
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Elsewhere, Dan shared news about his absence from BBC Breakfast in a tweet yesterday and explained he was meant to be on holiday this week, in a trip which was booked before lockdown restrictions were imposed.
The star revealed that Jon Kay would be stepping in for him on the red sofa alongside his co-host Louise Minchin.
He wrote: “I’m not on #BBCBreakfast this week. We were meant to be on holiday in Cornwall. Team have a great show planned with @louiseminchin & @jonkay01.
“Lockdown changes, schools, US protests & loads of guests including Business Secretary @AlokSharma_RDG (at 730) and @ProfKarolSikora.”
BBC Breakfast airs daily at 6am on BBC One.
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