BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker has revealed why he is leaving the popular morning show to become lead anchor on Channel 5 News.
The 45-year-old took to Twitter to explain his “tough decision” to leave the BBC and jump ship to another channel after signing a £1.5million deal.
In a series of tweets, Dan wrote: “It is often the case that the simple truth is much duller than all the made-up ‘moles’ and so-called ‘sources’ claim.
“In a nutshell… a bloke with a really good job, which he loved, got offered a really good job somewhere else which provided an amazing new challenge…
“… and the chance to make some exciting TV. The bloke explained to his current employers that, even though it was a tough decision, he had decided to leave.
“They are now trying their best to allow him to make a dignified departure.”
He concluded: “Have a great Monday. I’m off for some toast.”
The Strictly star was flooded with support from fans, one said: “Your talent, enthusiasm, alongside a naturally sympathetic and generous personality will be a hard act to follow.
“I will miss your presence in my front room three mornings a week but look forward to seeing what comes next. Good luck.”
Another wrote: “You really don’t need to explain it or justify it to anyone Dan.
“It’s your life and you’ve made a decision for you and yours. Life is too short to worry about it. Enjoy!”
Dan announced he quit his role as BBC Breakfast anchor after six years last week.
The mega-bucks three-year deal will see him host the news at 5pm four days a week – and six hours a year of prime-time shows.
Dan can also boost his pay further by stepping in for Jeremy Vine, 56, when he goes on holiday from his morning talk show.