BBC Breakfast, a popular morning show, underwent a significant shake-up as regular presenter Jon Kay announced his pre-planned break from the program. As the show returned for another episode on Monday, viewers noticed a noticeable difference in the line-up.
Typically, Jon Kay and Sally Nugent team up to host BBC Breakfast from Monday to Wednesday each week, while Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt take over from Thursday to Saturday. On Sundays, two stand-in presenters step in to fill the roles. However, during Monday’s episode, Jon Kay, a member of the Breakfast team since 2010, was notably absent from the familiar BBC sofa.
Stepping in to fill Jon’s place was Ben Thompson, who joined Sally Nugent as the co-presenter for the day. On Sunday evening, Jon himself took to Twitter to share the news of his planned break from the show. In his tweet, he mentioned enjoying some well-deserved rest and spending quality time with his family during his long-planned annual leave. He reassured his followers that they need not set their alarms the next morning, as he would be back on the red sofa with his BBC Breakfast family in Salford in two weeks’ time.
Fans of BBC Breakfast, as expected, had plenty to say about Jon’s absence. One viewer expressed their excitement about his return in two weeks’ time, while another commented on the great chemistry between Jon and Sally. Many others wished Jon a wonderful holiday and expressed how much they would miss him during his break, eagerly awaiting his return to the morning show.
Jon Kay made his permanent debut on BBC Breakfast last year in July, taking over from Dan Walker. With a remarkable 30-year tenure at the BBC, Jon has been an integral part of the Breakfast team for over a decade. He is married to former BBC News reporter and presenter Francesca Kasteliz, whom he met in 1998 while working at BBC Bristol.