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BBC star Carol Kirkwood shares heartache as she bids farewell on Dan Walker’s last day

Carol Kirkwood pays tribute to Dan Walker on last day

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BBC weather favourite Carol Kirkwood has always had a warm friendship with fellow Breakfast star Dan Walker – but now it’s time to say goodbye. As the sleep-deprived presenter prepared to bid the familiar red sofa farewell in favour of a position on Channel 5, Carol shared her emotions on Twitter over his departure.

It has been an ABSOLUTE JOY working with you honey. You are the best

Carol Kirkwood

Poor Dan managed less than three hours of sleep last night after having a mishap trying to charge his electric car, and then presented for one final time between 6:00am and 9:15am this morning.

Just moments after his last words on the airwaves, Carol penned a tender tribute to her friend.

“Really going to miss @mrdanwalker,” the weather presenter tweeted to more than 230,000 followers.

“It has been an ABSOLUTE JOY working with you honey. You are the BEST.”

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She signed off: “Hugest love and luck in your new job.”

However, Twitter fan @Rayrorbach responded: “You could comfortably anchor a breakfast show Carol. Good luck to Dan.”

Meanwhile @paulwailie praised: “@mrdanwalker is ok but we all know @carolkirkwood is the best.”

Carol, whose release date for her new book The Hotel on the Riviera is July 21, has admitted she will sorely miss Dan.

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Earlier in the year, Dan had been in hysterical laughter after Matt Taylor donned a blonde wig while Carol took some time away from the show, as the weather presenter claimed he was stepping in as her “stunt double”.

Carol and Dan have had plenty of banter and laughs together over the years that he has been presenting the show.

However, Dan has now decided it’s time to say goodbye after receiving a “rare opportunity” from Channel 5.

Meanwhile, although Sally Nugent was unimpressed by a tearful filter Dan had been testing out on Twitter and had refused to appear in his video, she too is sad to see him leave.

She noted on her Twitter account today to over 145,000 followers that his departure marked “the end of an era”.

Last month, Dan also took to the social media app to offer an explanation for the decision to move from BBC to Channel 5 News.

“I’m really excited but I thought I’d just explain the decision,” he said.

“It’s a massive one for me – someone who loves Breakfast, loves the team there, loves sitting next to Sally.

“But Channel 5 came along with big ambitions, big plans – and I don’t think opportunities like this come around very often in TV and I can’t wait.

He added on a positive note: “I should also say hopefully it’s not goodbye to the BBC.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with some incredible people on iconic programmes over the years, shows like Football Focus, like Match Of The Day, quiz shows, World Cups, Olympic Games – shows I could only dream of being involved in when I was a kid.

“Hopefully this won’t close the door on that, but also can’t wait to make some big programmes for Channel 5.”

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