BBC Breakfast host shake-up as Jon Kay forced to pull out of first show
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Jon Kay has been forced to pull out of his first day as a full-time presenter on BBC Breakfast.
Last week, it was announced Kay had been made a full-time host on the BBC One morning show, which means he's officially taken over from Dan Walker who left the BBC for Channel 5 in May.
He had already been presenting the show next to co-host Sally Nugent on the red sofa, but Monday (July 11) was supposed to be his first official day in his new job.
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Sadly, though, he was forced to miss out on the big day as he has tested positive for Covid, so he had to stay at home so as not to infect his co-stars.
Taking to Twitter on Sunday night, Jon confessed he was "gutted" to have to skip his first day.
He shared a snap of his positive Covid test alongside the caption: "Aaaagh! Finally got me [germ emoji]. Gutted not to be able to start the new job officially @BBCBreakfast on Monday."
He then tagged BBC Breakfast editor Richard Frediani in a desperate bid to host the show from home, showing his eagerness to be involved in the show.
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Jon, who used to be a stand-in host, added: "I guess working from home isn’t really an option @BBCFrediani?"
Instead, it was Jon's colleague Nina Warhurst who co-hosted the show with Sally on Monday.
Dan Walker sent a supportive message to Jon in the replies which read "Oh no Jon! Hope you feel ok."
Last week, Jon said he was "over the moon" to become the new regular presenter on Breakfast, after weeks of speculation as to who would replace Walker.
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He wrote: "I’m over the moon to become the new regular presenter of BBC Breakfast and I’m looking forward to bringing our brilliant viewers the very latest news each morning alongside my good friend Sally and the rest of the team.
"Sitting on the famous red sofa is a real privilege while covering the stories and issues that matter to our audience – home and abroad."
Effective immediately, Jon will present the show from Monday to Wednesday with Sally, or at least when he's recovered from Covid.
Dan Walker left BBC Breakfast after six years and now presents Channel 5's bulletin show 5 News from 5pm on weekdays.
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