Dan Walker: BBC host sets record straight amid Remembrance Poppy criticism ‘Who told you?’

Dan Walker: BBC host sets record straight amid Remembrance Poppy criticism ‘Who told you?’


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Dan Walker, 43, rushed to the defence of his colleagues on Monday, after a viewer claimed they had taken off their Remembrance poppies for an off-air picture. The photograph in question was actually an old promotional one of the four presenters; Dan, Louise Minchin, Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt, but the fan didn’t realise this at the time.

Where are your poppies? Who told you to take them off?

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They responded to a tweet posted by Dan, who encouraged viewers to ask their questions so they can be put to the team of experts they had on the show yesterday morning.

He accompanied the post with the BBC photo, and it didn’t take long before someone picked him up for it.

“We have a number of experts lined up on #BBCBreakfast in the morning for a lockdown Q&A,” Dan wrote.

“If you have any questions, either scientific or practical, please ping them to @BBCBreakfast or leave them here and we’ll get through as many as we can.

“P.S. actual ‘experts’ not…” he added, with a finger pointing at the photo of the presenters.

While many were taking part in the Q&A opportunity, someone else noticed the iconic red Royal British Legion charity stamp was missing.

“Where are your poppies?” they snapped.

“Who told you to take them off?”

Dan was quick to rectify the situation and clear up any confusion.

“It was taken 3 years ago in June!” he wrote back.

The viewer suddenly realised their mistake and laughed off the criticism after an abundance of other Twitter users began to mock them.

Owning to coronavirus, this Remembrance Sunday will look very different to that of previous years.

The annual Remembrance Sunday March Past the Cenotaph will not take place this year, but the wearing of the poppy will never cease, lockdown or not.

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Elsewhere, Dan was having a real Mondayish morning and the weather wasn’t on his side.

Replying to Carol Kirkwood, Dan explained he had a run in with a puddle.

In her usual bubbly way, the weather presenter wished everyone a fabulous day online.

She wrote: “Morning Everyone! Hope you are safe and well.

“Did the wind/rain keep you awake last night?” she quizzed, referring to the 40mph winds some parts of the UK experienced.

Among those detailing what they encountered on the stormy night, Dan’s experience went one step further.

“I got wet socks walking in from the car park Carol! Good morning by the way,” he replied.

Carol found her co-star’s misfortune rather hilarious and wrote back a stream of laughing faces.

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.

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