BBC Breakfast host compares show shake-up to ‘speed dating’ as co-star missing

BBC Breakfast host Jon Kay has compared the show's latest presenter shake-up to "speed dating".

The 54-year-old star usually presents the morning programme with Sally Nugent from Monday to Wednesday each week but his co-star has been nowhere to be seen this week. Sarah Campbell stepped in on Monday (December 4), Tina Daheley joined Jon on the famous red sofa on Tuesday (December 5) and his next co-host has been revealed as Rachel Burden.

Jon finished Tuesday's show by telling viewers: "Thanks for joining us on Breakfast. We're back from 6 tomorrow. I think Rachel is here tomorrow." Tina confirmed: "Yes" before pointing out: "You've had someone different every day this weekend haven't you?" Jon agreed: "Yeah, it's like speed dating" before handing over to Gethin Jones on BBC's Morning Live.

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Although it is not known why Sally was missing from the programme today, the newsreader recently announced she has joined the star-studded line-up for the Strictly Come DancingChristmas special. Taking to Instagram, the TV star posed up a storm beside her professional dance partner Graziano Di Prima on the ballroom set.

The presenter was all smiles as she posed up a storm on the famous staircase in a black sparkly long-sleeved top which she teamed with a pair of skintight navy-blue leggings. Sally shared the poignant truth behind the Strictly special following her marriage split earlier this year.

She captioned the post: "I was in need of a little pick me up when the lovely people at Strictly called. They kindly suggested I might like to learn to dance with @grazianodiprima in time for Christmas. I am definitely not a dancer – but I will try my best. And there is no one better to learn with." Sally continued: "Join us on our Christmas adventure and I guarantee that we will all have fun along the way. Ciao [waving emoji]."

The broadcaster has had a tough few months, after her marriage split from husband Gavin Hawthorn was revealed back in May. The couple had been married for 13 years and share a teenage son. Despite the split reportedly being"“amicable", reports at the time claimed the doting mum was "devastated" at their separation. Joining Sally on the Christmas special is History broadcaster Dan Snow and EastEnders favourite Jamie Borthwick, who will be getting into their dancing shoes.

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Also taking to the famous ballroom is actress Tillie Amartey, Rugby star Danny Cipriani and Sugababes star Keisha Buchanan. Just like the main show, they will be assigned a professional dance partner for their festive routine.

They will also face criticism and scoring by glamorous judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke. However, fans will not be able to vote for their favourite celebrity to win the show, instead the live studio audience will decide the winner on the night.

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am

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