Fan favorite taking time off for Christmas Day, BBC Breakfast announces hosting changes

Fan favorite taking time off for Christmas Day, BBC Breakfast announces hosting changes

BBC Breakfast bosses have announced a shake-up to their hosts ahead of their Christmas Day programme.

The breakfast news show will air as usual on BBC One from 6am on Monday but its regular hosts will be given a break over the festive period.

Newsreader and journalist Jon Kay, 54, will be on hosting duties while meteorologist Carol Kirkwood, 61, will be providing the latest weather updates for both Christmas and Boxing Day.

Sally Nugent won’t be seen in the studio as she has been given the day off, but she will be seen taking to the dancefloor later in the day on the BBC’s pre-recorded Strictly Christmas special.

Elsewhere, Sir Cliff Richard will deliver a special message for viewers while Nigella Lawson will offer some festive cooking tips.

BBC Breakfast bosses have announced a shake-up to their hosts ahead of their Christmas Day programme, with Jon Kay, 54, presenting while Sally Nugent (right) will take the day off

BBC Breakfast bosses have announced a shake-up to their hosts ahead of their Christmas Day programme, with Jon Kay, 54, presenting while Sally Nugent (right) will take the day off

Meteorologist Carol Kirkwood, 61, will be providing the latest weather updates for both Christmas and Boxing Day

Meteorologist Carol Kirkwood, 61, will be providing the latest weather updates for both Christmas and Boxing Day

Russell Watson will also sing while there will be an interview with pop star Kylie Minogue.

Jon wrote on social media: ‘Start Christmas Day with your #BBCBreakfast family.

‘I promise @carolkirkwood and I won’t be singing.’

It comes after regular BBC Breakfast anchor Sally Nugent told how she has suffered a painful rib injury while training for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.

It was previously revealed that the BBC Breakfast presenter would be one of the celebrities taking part in the festive spin-off which airs on Christmas Day.

Sally, who is partnered with Graziano Di Prima, has already filmed the one-off episode, however she revealed that training for the show left her feeling ‘battered and bruised’.

The TV presenter took a week off from hosting the Breakfast Show to train and film the popular BBC ballroom and latin programme.

Discussing her experience on Monday, she said: ‘It’s kind of like a Strictly boot camp but yeah it’s fine, I’ve survived, bit battered and bruised but I’m ok.’

It comes after regular BBC Breakfast anchor Sally Nugent told how she has suffered a painful rib injury while training for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special (Sally pictured with her professional dance partner Graziano Di Prima)

It comes after regular BBC Breakfast anchor Sally Nugent told how she has suffered a painful rib injury while training for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special (Sally pictured with her professional dance partner Graziano Di Prima)

Jon Kay agreed, telling viewers: ‘She really is a bit battered and bruised.’

Sally said: ‘I’m being brave, I think I’ve got the traditional sour rib injury.’

When quizzed on if she was feeling better, Sally said: ‘Not quite. I’m being very brave, don’t make me laugh. 

‘Don’t anyone make me laugh. It hurts too much.’

On the Strictly Christmas special, Sally will go up against television presenter Dan Snow, and Sugababe Keisha Buchanan.

Sally, who is partnered with Graziano Di Prima, has already filmed the one-off episode, however she revealed that training for the show left her feeling 'battered and bruised'

Sally, who is partnered with Graziano Di Prima, has already filmed the one-off episode, however she revealed that training for the show left her feeling ‘battered and bruised’

She will also compete against EastEnders actor Jamie Borthwick, rugby star Danny Cipriani and actress Tillie Amartey.

The six couples will perform a festive-themed routine with the hope of impressing the judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and head judge Shirley Ballas – as well as the voting studio audience.

One pair will lift the sought-after Christmas trophy.

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on December 25 from 4.40pm.

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