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Dan Walker left furious after BBC Breakfast co-star says he didn't make it to Blackpool in Strictly


Dan Walker struggled to contain his embarrassment after the BBC Breakfast weather presenter made a hilarious dig at his Strictly Come Dancing stint during Tuesday’s episode.

The broadcaster, 44, was visibly mortified after Matt Taylor reminded viewers that he hadn’t remained in the competition in time for Blackpool week.

Presenting his report from the iconic tower’s ballroom, Carol Kirkwood’s temporary replacement jibed that it was ‘a shame’ how Dan didn’t ‘come here for Strictly’.

'Stop rubbing it in!' Dan Walker struggled to contain his embarrassment after the BBC Breakfast weather presenter made a hilarious dig at his Strictly Come Dancing stint during Tuesday's episode

‘Stop rubbing it in!’ Dan Walker struggled to contain his embarrassment after the BBC Breakfast weather presenter made a hilarious dig at his Strictly Come Dancing stint during Tuesday’s episode

Despite the gag, the talent show’s tradition didn’t take place due to coronavirus restrictions and Dan would have headed to the seaside city under usual circumstances since he reached the quarter finals.

Matt was on-location at Blackpool Tower following the end of a three-week renovation scheme, which saw couples dance behind him in celebration.

As Dan’s co-host Sally Nugent spotted an organ on the stage, she asked whether it comes up through the floor.

Matt replied: ‘It does. It comes up partway through the morning while they’re waltzing around and it comes up through the floor. You have to come here Sally, it’s amazing. It’s just a shame Dan didn’t come here for Strictly.’

Hilarious: The broadcaster, 44, was visibly mortified after Matt Taylor reminded viewers that he hadn't remained in the competition in time for Blackpool week

Hilarious: The broadcaster, 44, was visibly mortified after Matt Taylor reminded viewers that he hadn’t remained in the competition in time for Blackpool week

Flushed: A red-faced Dan butted in: 'Alright stop rubbing it in. I did make it to the quarter finals,' before a diplomatic Sally attempted to cool the situation'

Flushed: A red-faced Dan butted in: ‘Alright stop rubbing it in. I did make it to the quarter finals,’ before a diplomatic Sally attempted to cool the situation’

A red-faced Dan butted in: ‘Alright stop rubbing it in. I did make it to the quarter finals,’ before a diplomatic Sally attempted to cool the situation.

She said: ‘I love that. You could dance and I could play the organ as it comes up through the floor.’

Still fuming from the comment, Dan concluded: ‘I’m just going to ignore that.’

Earlier this month, MailOnline exclusively revealed that Dan’s on-screen partner Nadiya Bychkova had split from her fiancé last year.

Stunning: Matt was on-location at Blackpool Tower following the end of a three-week renovation scheme, which saw an organist peforming behind him

Stunning: Matt was on-location at Blackpool Tower following the end of a three-week renovation scheme, which saw an organist peforming behind him

The Slovenian dancer is now said to be dating fellow pro Kai Widdrington.

The duo were also spotted headed into a hotel together 15 minutes after their Strictly co-stars and put on a tactile display, with Kai brushing his hand against mother-of-one Nadiya’s.

An onlooker told The Sun: ‘Kai and Nadiya didn’t seem at all secretive about their relationship – they’re a couple like any other.’

Another added: ‘Kai was outside the hotel for about 15 minutes and waited until everyone else in the touring party had checked in — but Nadiya came along a short while later.’

Talented: Despite the gag, the talent show's tradition didn't take place due to coronavirus restrictions and Dan would have headed to the seaside city under usual circumstances since he reached the quarter finals (pictured in November 2021)

Talented: Despite the gag, the talent show’s tradition didn’t take place due to coronavirus restrictions and Dan would have headed to the seaside city under usual circumstances since he reached the quarter finals (pictured in November 2021)

The paper adds that ‘Nadiya and Matija actually separated months ago’ and footballer Matija is ‘furious’ about recent reports concerning their love life.

Last week, The Sun claimed Nadiya – who has been seen without her engagement ring on in recent days – and Kai’s behaviour has been ‘raising eyebrows’ behind-the-scenes.

A source told the publication: ‘Nadiya is incredibly flirty and it has certainly raised eyebrows.’

The newspaper also claims that the pair enjoyed a dinner together in Birmingham during the tour earlier this week.

Hot new couple? Earlier this month, MailOnline exclusively revealed that Nadiya Bychkova had split from her fiancé and she is now said to be dating fellow pro Kai Widdrington

Hot new couple? Sources said Kai, 26, and Nadiya, 32, are 'very much together' and have 'been dating for months'.

Hot new couple? Earlier this month, MailOnline exclusively revealed that Nadiya Bychkova had split from her fiancé and she is now said to be dating fellow pro Kai Widdrington

An onlooker claims they headed to a bar and chatted for two hours before heading back to the hotel.

Nadiya has been immersing herself in intense rehearsals for the tour, after her celebrity partner from last year’s series, Dan Walker, 44, became ‘pillar of strength and support’ after her break-up.

The dancer is single after ending her engagement to Slovenian footballer Matija, 33, as exclusively revealed by MailOnline this month.

It was also revealed her partner on the 2021 series, BBC Breakfast host Dan, had been there for her during the split.

Separation: The dancer is single after ending her engagement to Slovenian footballer Matija, 33, as exclusively revealed by MailOnline this month

Separation: The dancer is single after ending her engagement to Slovenian footballer Matija, 33, as exclusively revealed by MailOnline this month

Sources close to the stunning dancer revealed that she has been confiding in Dan after accepting the fact that her long-distance relationship with Matija was no longer working.

Dan has been married to wife Sarah for 21 years and the couple have three children.

One source told MailOnline: ‘Dan and Nadiya have such a great bond and he has been a pillar of strength and support for her following the breakup with Matija.

‘The bond between them started during Strictly, leaving the cast and crew surprised at how close they became. They were literally inseparable and got on so well and this has continued even now the series is over.’

Another source added: ‘Dan supported Nadiya with everything, including her breakup, which only made their partnership stronger.

‘He even grew close to her mother and daughter, who really enjoyed watching them dance together on Strictly.

‘Dan and Nadiya enjoy a deep and special bond, which has really helped her to get on with her new life following the split.’

Close: Nadiya has been immersing herself in the tour after her celebrity partner from last year's series, Dan became 'pillar of strength and support' after her break-up

Close: Nadiya has been immersing herself in the tour after her celebrity partner from last year’s series, Dan became ‘pillar of strength and support’ after her break-up

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