BBC Breakfast: Dan Walker makes family blunder on show
Dan Walker, 43, was forced to quickly backtrack on BBC Breakfast this morning after he discussed a member of his family. The presenter, who is married to Sarah Walker, had intended to say his brother is “married to an American” on the show, but accidentally made the comment in reference to his wife instead.
Dan spoke out about the awkward blunder on Twitter after a viewer questioned his remark.
They wrote: “@BBCBreakfast @mrdanwalker #breakingnews… Dan’s wife is married to an American?? Ooer, you heard it on breakfast first.”(sic)
Dan retweeted the fan’s post in view of his 672,000 followers and took the opportunity to insist he and his other have “don’t have that sort of marriage”.
Addressing his error, he wrote: “Ooops. Just to confirm… we don’t have that sort of marriage.
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“Bit of work to do when I get home later #BBCBreakfast,” the star added alongside a crying with laughter emoji.
Dan suffered the mishap on the show while talking about a 91-year-old man, Martin Kenyon, charming Twitter users in the US when he bumped into a CNN news team on his way home from getting his coronavirus jab.
His co-host Sally Nugent asked in reference to the heartwarming video: “Have you seen it Dan?”
Dan replied: “It was absolutely brilliant, the only thing is, if you are… my wife is married to an American so I think I’m allowed to say this.”
A stunned Sally then interjected: “Sorry, your wife is married to an American?”
Dan apologised for his blunder, saying: “No, sorry, that doesn’t make sense does it?”
“There’s something you’re not telling us Dan,” Sally quipped.
Explaining his mistake, Dan said: “That’s not true! I just told you a mistruth there!
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“My brother is married to an American, we haven’t got one of those relationships alright!
“Thank you for that Sal!”
Continuing with what he had originally intended to say, Dan added: “My brother is married to an American so I think I’m safe to say this.
“But there are certain types of Americans who think that all British people are Dickensian characters.”
Dan explained that Martin’s interview proved those stereotypes about British people wrong, as he said: “He talks about the vaccination being nothing of too much significance, something he definitely wanted to do.
“And then he talks about having a nasty lunch at the hospital beforehand!”
Dan is a father to three young children; son Joe, and two daughters Susanna and Jessica.
He married wife Sarah in 2001 after they met while studying at the University of Sheffield.
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