BBC Morning Live’s Gethin Jones mocks Dan Walker in cheeky on-air swipe to partner

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BBC Morning Live presenter Gethin Jones mocked Dan Walker following his stint on Strictly Come Dancing 2021. The TV host made a cheeky dig at the BBC Breakfast host during a discussion with the anchor’s dance partner Nadiya Bychkova.

The 43-year-old was joined by his co-presenter Kimberley Walsh on Morning Live today, with guests in the studio including Dr X and Strictly star Nadiya.

During the broadcast, they chatted about the festive period and how they brought in the New Year.

But Gethin couldn’t resist questioning Nadiya about Dan’s dancing skills.

The BBC presenter suggested that she must have enjoyed a festive break, after training the broadcaster for 10 weeks.

Kimberley asked Nadiya: “How was your Christmas? Did you get to see your little girl?”

Nadiya replied: “Yes, we spent Christmas with Mila together which was beautiful, I mean – that’s family time now. Loved it.”

Gethin interjected: “And you needed a couple of weeks off, after getting over dancing with Dan Walker for 10 weeks! After an amazing Strictly… especially when you had to go through this!”

A clip of Nadiya and Dan appeared on the screen where they danced to their iconic Lobster Rock routine.

“The lobster’s back today, Nadiya, isn’t it?” Gethin announced.

He added: “Strictly fitness today, a bit of lobster. I know Dan’s watching at home and he’s delighted that it’s a new dance craze for 2022!”

The presenter then told viewers: “We shall see. We haven’t got the outfits but we’re looking forward to the dance – we hope you are too!”

Catching wind of Gethin’s comment, Dan took to Twitter to offer his own cheeky swipe.


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After the Morning Live hosts interviewed Harry Potter star Mark Williams via video call, the news anchor couldn’t help but make a dig.

It comes after the actor appeared on the call with a backdrop of empty wooden shelving to chat about his role as Father Brown and his iconic blockbuster acting career.

In view of his 744,000 followers, Dan shared a screenshot from the BBC programme.

He wrote: “We’ve reached that point where no-one cares about video-call backdrops anymore #MorningLive.”

Later on in the show, Gethin, Nadiya and Kimberley began their first Strictly fitness routine for the new year.

The former asked the pro dancer: “Nadiya’s in charge of it this week, and I’m sure this was your choice, wasn’t it? Bringing the lobster back for the new year?”

Nadiya joked: “Absolutely. It’s the nation’s favourite, by Dan Walker!”

Gethin quizzed her: “Was this your idea by the way?”

As the dancer replied: “Well, once you get the music Rock Lobster, I mean, you have to bring the lobster, right? I don’t think I had a choice.”

Morning Live airs weekdays on BBC One at 9.15am.


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