Carol Kirkwood holds head in hands as BBC Breakfast co-star ‘throws her under the bus’

BBC Breakfast: Carol almost gets presenter's name wrong

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Carol Kirkwood, 58, was on hand to present the latest weather forecast after parts of the UK were hit with unseasonal weather earlier in the week. The meteorologist joined Ben Thompson, 38, and Sally Nugent, 49, as they took over from Dan Walker, 44, and Louise Minchin, 52, who had hosted BBC Breakfast earlier in the week. However, this change confused the BBC weather presenter and she almost made an error by calling Ben, “Dan” and she could have gotten away with it if the business reporter hadn’t called her out.

The moment came at the end of the forecast when she said: “I’ll have a longer forecast in half an hour with more details.

“But back now to Sally and Ben,” she continued, albeit with a slight pause between the name of the hosts as she tried to remember who was sitting in place of Dan.

“You nearly said Dan,” Ben remarked as Carol nervously giggled before putting her head in her hands in embarrassment.

“The pressure,” the forecaster declared, with the business reporter telling her: “But you got it right, which is the main thing.

“And I just threw you under the bus, but never mind,” he continued before he thanked her for presenting the weather report.

Later on in the show, it seemed Ben was working hard to get his knowledge of the weather in check when returning to Carol for the forecast.

After she concluded her report an hour after being thrown “under the bus” by the host, he said: “I was paying attention all the way through that.”

Sally replied: “I’m so jealous because you’re Carol’s favourite this morning,” with the meteorologist claiming she was “very impressed” with Ben’s efforts.

“I’m staying quiet,” she added as she tried to deflect from the conversation of having a favourite reporter.

I’m staying quiet

Carol Kirkwood

“You’re both my favourites,” she continued as she tried to warrant peace between the two hosts, with Ben saying: “That’s so funny.”

The weather presenter recently revealed she is drifting off into another career after writing her first novel during the lockdown.

Carol will continue to present the forecast but it seems she has found a passion in penning fictionalised stories.

Taking to Twitter to announce the news, she wrote: “So excited! Can’t quite believe that something that started out as just an idea in my head, has materialised into my first novel!”

Entitled Under a Greek Moon, the publication will hit bookshelves this summer and with a legion of fans, Carol is set to become a best-selling author.

“For those asking… there will (hopefully) be opportunities for signed copies when the book comes out – watch this space.

“Thank you all so much for your ‘good luck’ tweets! I am ridiculously excited about the book,” she continued to tell her 204,000 followers.

“It was such a wonderful experience creating the characters and watching them come to life. Knowing what they would and would not say and developing their personalities.”

Harper Collins will be publishing the book this summer and they’ve said the novel is “full of romance, secrets and glamour”.

“It’s the perfect book to escape with this summer,” they continued and the book has also received stellar reviews.

Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke, 54, said: “A real treat, wonderfully escapist with heart and drama – marvellous.”

“Wow, you obviously have hidden talents! Good luck with it, and I’ll look forward to seeing it in the shops soon,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.

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