Dan Walker trolled for 6 months over Question of Sport appearance ‘I’ve got a poor record’

Dan Walker reveals his 'bad record' on celebrity game shows

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BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker, 44, has revealed how he suffered online abuse for half a year following his appearance on BBC’s A Question of Sport, formerly hosted by Sue Barker. The presenter spoke to The Great British Bake Off host Matt Lucas about his history as a participant on game shows today, where he admitted he has yet to win one.

I once went on A Question of Sport and got trolled for six months

Dan Walker

Speaking on BBC Radio 2, Dan opened up about his past stints competing on TV.

He admitted: “I’ve got a very poor record on game shows actually.

“I once went on A Question of Sport and got trolled for six months for getting a really easy football question wrong.”

Continuing to list his game show history, Dan painted a poor picture of himself as a contestant.

The newsreader continued; “I’ve been out in the first round of Celebrity Pointless twice, which equates overall to 11 and a half hours of travel to four and a half minutes of TV.

“I once did really well on Celebrity Mastermind but still lost to Martin Lewis by a point.”

The BBC host went on to reveal that he had lost a huge amount of money for charity while taking part on ITV’s gameshow The Chase.

“My worst game show moment Matt, and this is a bad one,” he continued.

“I currently hold the record for the largest amount of money ever lost on The Chase which is £104,000.”

Dan went on to confess that he did in fact apologise to the charity for losing, which happened as he claimed he pressed the wrong button.

Last May Dan was subjected to online abuse following an interview with Michael Gove, where he questioned him regarding the Prime Minister’s adviser Dominic Cumming’s breach of lockdown rules.

Taking to Instagram, Dan shared his response to the abuse with his 174,000 followers.


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He said: “I’ve got to say that some of the bile, insults, hatred and threats that have arrived on here, Twitter, email and via messages this morning have been truly grim.

“I don’t hate anyone. It’s my job to ask questions and I always try to be fair, accurate and responsible. Thanks.”

The caption was featured alongside a picture of a cake baked by the newsreader’s son.

Dan ended the post: “Here is a chocolate log that my son made…”

Months before that incident, the BBC Breakfast presenter nearly missed his slot on the morning show after suffering an unfortunate blunder moments before he went live-on-air as well as making a slight error in his report, which led him to issue an apology.

Despite it seeming that the host was on time, Dan had in fact woken up only moments before appearing on the red sofa, which left him visibly muddled.

Dan made a slight mishap by stating an upcoming game between Liverpool and Manchester United was being played at the latter’s home ground of Old Trafford.

However, the Football Focus star realised he’d made a mistake and apologised: “I had brain fade earlier… I wrote it down the wrong way around.”

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