Dan Walker was hilariously dubbed “Strictly Leaks” by his new co-stars after revealing the show’s start date.
The BBC Breakfast host is one of 15 celebrities attending Strictly Come Dancing, which begins this weekend.
But Dan could easily have found himself in hot water with the show’s bosses after giving the launch date before it was officially announced.
The presenter was the head of BBC Breakfast at the time and chatting with co-host Louise Minchin about her last day of the show, which was earlier this week.
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Louise told Dan that she would watch him on Strictly and even give him a vote after she was no longer his co-star.
His departing co-host then asked when he was starting and Dan pulled out his phone to put the date Louise left the show on his calendar.
And that’s when Dan let out the Strictly news.
“I was just going to put your date in the journal,” he said.
“I meet and greet the partner in a few days, and actually the first show is on the 18th, then the live shows start on the 25th.”
But being the group’s leaker isn’t Dan’s only role.
He’s also the “daddy” of the WhatsApp group after reuniting his new showbiz buddies.
“They all call me father,” Dan said. “The other nickname they have for me is ‘Strictly leaks’ because I inadvertently gave Strictly start date on BBC Breakfast.
“Which was a total mistake. The reason I did this was because I go to the Sheffield Post Office quite regularly and have three lovely ladies there, who I always have a good conversation with, like Strictly obseded and the Eve I mentioned on Breakfast they talked about really looking forward to starting September 18th.
“So in my head I was like, ‘Well, everyone knows it starts on September 18th’. Then I talked about it on Breakfast.
He continued, “I’ve been in these situations before. I don’t worry about that stuff, but I know it’s very easy to get a little anxious and concerned about what’s going to happen or what is going to be asked of you.
“So I created the WhatsApp group, everyone wanted to be involved and it was nice to share photos, share some concerns and have a good laugh.”
And if the leak of the start date wasn’t enough, Dan was also “disappointed” by his kids for appearing on Strictly before it was officially announced.
“I almost gave up on the game,” he said. “We share a YouTube account at home and the kids were looking for something on YouTube and the thing they saw was ‘How to Make Charleston for Beginners’ or something like that.
“So my daughter said, ‘Uh, daddy. Do you have something to tell us? and that was a few months ago.
“But I literally told almost no one that.”
Dan’s three children are also the main reason he signed up for the show.
“I have three kids who are 14, 12 and 10 and they sat me down at Christmas and said, ‘Daddy, if we ask you again, we would really like you to do it.’
“I did a lot of TV that I wanted to do for a long time. Anyone who has kids this age knows that it’s rare to do something your kids are fully engaged in, so they’re all excited.
“That was really a big part of it and they never asked me to do two shows – Saturday Mash Up and this one.
“I did Saturday Mash Up in the summer and yeah, here we are.”
But that was not the only reason.
“I cover a lot of news and the last 18 months has been a dark story after a dark story and I thought, an opportunity to do something fun is very different [and] does not include reading headlines about horrible things.
“And just for a bit of a laugh and learn a new skill.”
Strictly Come Dancing returns this Saturday, September 18 at 7:45 p.m. on BBC One.
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