Dan Walker struggles to contain his embarrassment after the BBC Breakfast season presenter took a hilarious dig at his Strictly Come dancing stint during Tuesday’s episode.
The broadcaster, 44, was apparently humiliated after Matt Taylor reminded viewers that he had not made it to the contest in time for Blackpool week.
Presenting his report from the iconic tower’s ballroom, Carol Kirkwood’s temporary replacement said it was a ‘shame’ how Dan ‘Strictly didn’t come here’.
‘Stop rubbing it!’ Dan Walker struggles to contain his embarrassment after the BBC Breakfast season presenter took a hilarious dig at his Strictly Come dancing stint during Tuesday’s episode.
Despite the hiatus, the talent show tradition did not take off due to the coronavirus restrictions and Dan headed to the seaside town under normal circumstances since reaching the quarter-finals.
Matt was on location at Blackpool Tower following the end of a three-week renovation plan, in which the couple danced behind him in celebration.
As Dan’s co-host Sally Nugent saw an organ on stage, she asked if it came through the floor.
Matt replied: ‘It does. It comes up partially in the morning when they are moving and it comes up through the floor. You have to come here Sally, it’s wonderful. It’s a shame that Dan didn’t come here for Strictly.
Hilarious: The broadcaster, 44, was apparently humiliated after Matt Taylor reminded viewers that he didn’t make it to the contest in time for Blackpool week.
Flush: A red-faced Dan said: ‘Okay, stop rubbing it. I made it to the quarterfinals,’ before a diplomat Sally attempted to defuse the situation.
A red-faced Dan said: ‘Okay, stop rubbing it. I made it to the quarterfinals,’ before a diplomat Sally attempted to defuse the situation.
He said: ‘I like that. You can dance and I can play the organ as it comes up from the floor.’
Still annoyed by the comment, Dan concluded: ‘I’m going to ignore it.’
Earlier this month, MailOnline exclusively revealed that Dan’s on-screen partner Nadia Bychkova had split from his fiancé last year.
Stunning: Matt was on-location at Blackpool Tower after the end of a three-week renovation plan that saw an organist perform behind him
The Slovenian dancer is now said to be dating fellow pro Kai Widdington.
The two were seen together at a hotel 15 minutes after their Strictly co-stars made a touching performance, with Kai brushing his hand against Nadia’s mother-in-law.
One viewer told The Sun: ‘Kai and Nadia didn’t seem to be secretive about their relationship at all – they’re a couple like no other.’
Another added: ‘Kai was outside the hotel for about 15 minutes and waited until everyone else at the touring party checked in – but Nadia came along after a while.’
Talented: Despite the gag, the talent show tradition hasn’t died down due to coronavirus restrictions and Dan has moved to a seaside town under normal circumstances since reaching the quarter-finals (pictured November 2021)
The newspaper said that ‘Nádia and Matija actually split months ago’ and that footballer Matija is ‘furious’ about recent reports concerning their love life.
Last week, The Sun claimed Nadia – who has been seen without her engagement ring in recent days – and Kai’s behavior behind the scenes has been ‘raising an eyebrow’.
A source told the publication: ‘Nadiya is incredibly bubbly and it definitely raised eyebrows.’
The newspaper also claims that the pair enjoyed a dinner together in Birmingham during a tour earlier this week.
Hot New Couple? Earlier this month, MailOnline exclusively revealed that Nadia Bychkova had split from her fiancé and is now said to be dating fellow pro Kai Widdington.
A bystander claims that they went to a bar and chatted for two hours before heading back to the hotel.
Nadia is engaged in intense rehearsals for her tour, with her celebrity partner from last year’s series, 44-year-old Dan Walker, becoming a ‘pillar of strength and support’ after their break-up.
The dancer is single after ending her engagement with 33-year-old Slovenian footballer Matija, as revealed exclusively by MailOnline this month.
It was also revealed that her partner on the 2021 series, BBC Breakfast host Dan, was there for her during the split.
The separation: The 33-year-old dancer is single after ending her engagement to Slovenian footballer Matija, as revealed exclusively by MailOnline this month.
Sources close to the stunning dancer revealed that she is confiding in Dan after admitting to the fact that her long distance relationship with Matija was no longer working.
Dan has been married for 21 years to his wife Sarah, and the couple has three children.
A source told MailOnline: ‘Dan and Nadia have such a great bond and he has been a pillar of strength and support for her after her breakup with Matija.
‘The bond between them began during Strictly, leaving the cast and crew to wonder how close they became. They were really inseparable and went on so well and it continues to this day.’
Another source said: ‘Dan supported Nadia in everything, including their breakup, which further cemented their partnership.
He also became close to his mother and daughter, who enjoyed watching them dance together on Strictly.
‘Dan and Nadia enjoy a deep and special bond, which has really helped them move on with their new life post-split.
Close up: Nadia is drowning herself in tour after her celebrity partner from last year’s series, Dan becomes a ‘pillar of strength and support’ after her break-up