Dan Walker scolded by Louise Minchin as he tries to end BBC Breakfast: ‘I’m off home!’

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Today’s BBC Breakfast was a packed show with hosts Louise Minchin and Dan Walker talking to Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and CBeebies presenter Ben Cajee. However, after one segment later in the show, Dan tried to end the show 45 minutes early as he believed it was time to go home. Louise had to step in and remind her co-host that they still had more of the show to go.

Dan turned to viewers and said: “That’s it for,” before realising what the time was.

“That’s not it,” he said as co-host Louise scolded him: “That’s not it, there’s another 45 minutes Mr Walker.”

Dan laughed: “That’s it between now and half eight for us. We’ll be back in about three minutes.

“Right now, it’s time for the weather, news and travel where you are.”

The presenter then looked at his watch to check the time as Louise showed her watch to compare the time.

Dan added: “I’m off home! See you in a bit!”

The show then cut to the latest news and headlines for the different regions.

Fortunately for viewers, Dan was still on the sofa after the news and weather finished.

The moment came not long after the pair spoke to CBeebies host Ben Cajee, who delivered a moving message about his mixed-race background on the BBC channel last week.

Talking about why he decided to talk about his race and heritage, Ben told the hosts: “I wrote this a few weeks ago, we recorded it last Friday and the guys in office, my producer sent me the link on Friday.

“I saw my mum and Dad Sunday and showed it to my mum and dad Sunday night and said, ‘I think I’m going to tweet this one. Are you okay with me doing that?’ Because you know obviously their photos and stuff are in it.

“So I tweeted it yesterday morning about 8.15 and my phone was on flames yesterday, it was ridiculous.

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He continued: “Like I say, the overwhelming response has been positive, there are things that are pretty vile but that’s why these types of things are important.

“I’m 33 years old – I like the fact you said I was 32, I lost an age – but I hope that these kids watching now, when they get to 33 and they have children, they’re not having to deal with the same nonsense.

“But for me, I feel duty bound to talk about this sort of stuff because I experienced racism from when I was in primary school.

“It was horrific at times and it was nowhere near as bad as the racism my dad received and my mum and dad received because they were a mixed race couple in the 70s and 80s and my grandparents received moving here from South Africa.

“So, if I can do anything to help using my voice and platform to make a difference then I think that’s important.

“I think my team and my bosses, the other presenters, we all want to do that for our audience. It is so important to us.”

As Ben noted he hoped his parents were proud, he choked up, telling the hosts: “I don’t want to cry on TV, sorry!”

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.

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