Piers Morgan has had to eat his words saying he hoped Dan Walker’s first dance on Strictly Come Dancing would have been much worse
Piers Morgan has made his feelings for BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker quite clear and has now expressed disappointment that his Strictly debut wasn’t worse.
Dan took to the dance floor tonight with his partner Nadiya Bychkova and scored a very respectable 24 points in total.
However, this wasn’t good enough for Piers.
Fans were quick to respond to the quip with one saying: “Haaaa! Good sport you are! Credit where credit is due.”
Before Piers walked off Good Morning Britain the pair were rival breakfast TV presenters.
As far back as 2017, Piers was regularly trying to get a rise out of Dan by claiming GMB was closing the ratings gaps on BBC Breakfast – blaming the father-of-three for the numbers.
Dan remained largely silent, but things changed when Piers asked about his salary in 2017.
When the salaries of BBC staff were announced, Piers mocked Dan’s salary, claiming it was “one eighth of a Lineker”.
Dan bit back after Piers left GMB posting a photo with his former BBC Breakfast co-host Louise Minchin, saying: “This was taken a few seconds before I stormed off set because Carol said it was going to be chilly this weekend.”
Piers responded in his usual manner by bringing up their rival shows’ ratings.
“I’m surprised BBC bosses didn’t storm in and drag you off set after yesterday’s ratings came in,” tweeted Piers.
Back to Strictly and Dan may well be relieved by his score.
Speaking to Claudia Winkleman his dance partner Nadiya said: “Do you know what is so cute about you, Dan – when a celeb meets their pro and goes, ‘Am I a terrible disappointment?'”
“I’m so happy I got Daniel,” Nadiya replied.
He laughed back: “She’s calling me Daniel. I feel very, sort of, talked to.”
However, as well as his dancing skills fans couldn’t get over Dan’s towering height of 6ft 6.
One person wrote: “6ft 6? Dan Walker??? Damn, that breakfast sofa hides a lot but that is bloody tall. Is he taller than @richardosman? Am in shock. Am shook….. 6ft 6??? Can’t wait for see his dances now! #Strictly.”
“I had no idea Dan Walker was so tall. I suppose I’ve really only seen him sitting down,” a second penned.
A third commented: “How tall is Dan Walker?? My favourites already.”
You can add your score for Dan and Nadiya’s quickstep and each of the week one couples to our Strictly scoreboard here.
In recent days, Dan has said he signed up for the smash-hit because his kids begged him to.
Dan said of his gang aged 14, 12 and 10: “They sat me down at Christmas and said, ‘Dad, if you ever get asked again, we’d really like you to do it’.
“Anyone who’s got kids of that age will know it’s rare to do something your kids are fully invested in.”
Strictly Come Dancing is on Saturday on BBC One at 7.30pm