Dan Walker has been 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 taking part in Strictly Come Dancing, which begins this weekend.
But Dan could have easily found himself in hot water with show bosses after giving the launch date away before it had officially been announced.
The presenter was at the helm of BBC Breakfast at the time and was chatting with co-host Louise Minchin about her final day on the programme, which was earlier this week.
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Louise was telling Dan that she'll be watching him on Strictly and will even give him a vote after she’s no longer his co-star.
His departing co-host then asked when he starts and Dan got his phone out to put the date Louise leaves the show in his calendar.
And it is then when Dan let slip the Strictly news.
"I was just going to put your date in the diary," he said.
"I meet and greet the partner in a couple of days time, and actually the first show is on the 18th and then the live shows start on the 25th."
But being the leaker of the group isn’t Dan’s only role.
He’s also the ‘dad’ of the WhatsApp group after bringing his new showbiz pals together.
“They’re all calling me the dad,” Dan said. “The other nickname they’ve got for me is ‘Strictly leaks’ because I inadvertently gave away the Strictly start date on BBC Breakfast.
“Which was a total error. The reason I did that is because I go in the post office in Sheffield quite regularly and three lovely ladies in there, who I always have a good chat with, as Strictly obsessed and the day before I mentioned it on Breakfast they spoke about really looking forward to it starting on the 18 September.
“So in my head I was like, ‘well everyone knows it starts in the 18th September’. Then I talked about it on Breakfast.”
He went on: “I have been in these situations before. I don’t’ worry about things like this but I know it’s really easy to get a bit anxious and concerned about what’s going to happen or what you’re going to be asked.
“So I set up the WhatsApp group up, everyone wanted to be involved and it’s been lovely to share pictures, share a few concerns and have a good laugh.”
And if leaking the start date wasn’t enough, Dan was also ‘busted’ by his children about appearing on Strictly before he had officially been announced.
“I nearly gave the game away,” he said. “We share a YouTube account at home and the kids were looking something up on YouTube and the alst thing that they saw was, ‘How to Charleston for beginners’ or something like that.
“So my daughter said, ‘Er, dad. Have you got something to tell us?’ and that was a few months ago.
“But I literally told hardly anybody.”
Dan’s three children are also the main reason he has signed up for the show.
“I’ve got three kids who are 14, 12, and 10 and they sat me down at Christmas and said: ‘Dad, if you ever get asked again, we’d really like you to do it’.
“I’ve done a lot of telly that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Anyone whose got kids that age know it’s rare to do something that your kids are fully invested in so they’re all excited.
“That was a big part of it really and they’ve only ever asked me to do two programmes - Saturday Mash Up and this.
“I did Saturday Mash Up in the summer and yeah, here we are.”
But that wasn’t the only reason.
“I cover a lot of news and the last 18 months has been grim story after grim story and I thought, an opportunity to do something that’s fun, that’s very different [and] doesn’t include reading headlines about awful stuff.
“And just to have a bit of a giggle and learn a new skill.”
Strictly Come Dancing returns this Saturday, September 18, at 7.45pm on BBC One.
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