Dan Walker, 44, took a trip down memory lane today as he recalled the hilarious moment when a bride-to-be crashed his BBC coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympics. The BBC Breakfast host shared a clip on his Twitter of Brazilian born Maria De Cezar joining him for a chat during his commentary while her hen-do party looked on in hysterics.
Dan, who’s currently presenting the BBC’s Olympics Breakfast Show with Sam Quek in Tokyo, explained that lots of people have been asking him about what happened after Maria crashed his live broadcast in Rio.
“5 years ago this week, on Copacabana beach, this happened on live TV.”
The star posted the full footage of the incident and wrote that the following day, Maria’s mother, Hercelia, “came down and invited us to the wedding” before he later received a visit from Maria’s father at the beach.
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Dan Walker shared a clip on his Twitter of Brazilian born Maria De Cezar joining him for a chat during his commentary while her hen-do party looked on in hysterics
Unfortunately, Dan was unable to attend the wedding, which took place in September that year.
However, he still ended up playing a massive part in the festivities in a highly amusing way.
“This is where it gets beautifully bonkers… sadly, I couldn’t make the wedding so @mariadecezar’s mum printed off a picture for all the guests,” he tweeted.
Dan shared a picture of the bride and groom holding up photos of his face at their nuptials.
Dan Walker, who’s currently presenting the BBC’s Olympics Breakfast Show with Sam Quek in Tokyo, explained that lots of people have been asking him about what happened after Maria crashed his live broadcast in Rio
Unfortunately, Dan Walker was unable to attend the wedding, which took place in September that year
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“Your broadcasts were the best thing about the Olympic coverage that year. Maria was the icing on the cake. “
A second wrote: “Absolute gold.”
While a third remarked: “Watched that live at the time and all your programmes during this Olympics. A special moment with Maria and her girls. Was such a good idea to have an alternative style broadcast on the beach Dan and you were a perfect host.”
A fourth remarked: “Remember watching this live. One of the best bits of off-the-cuff telly I’ve ever seen – And it made me a Dan Walker fan.”
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It comes as Dan addressed criticism of the Tokyo Olympics coverage this year and explained how the BBC is now only allowed to host two sports at the same time.
He typed yesterday: “Thanks for watching this morning.
“I know we’ve got used to being able to see every sport – on various streams – at the #Olympics.
“But, this time, the BBC is only allowed to show 2 sports at the same time.
“It is an issue about TV rights & not an editorial choice,” he added.
The 44-year-old kicked off his role in the fronting of the latest events at 4am yesterday.
He was joined for the live broadcast by Sam Quek, 32, former field hockey player.
However, many watching at home were unhappy to see a supposed lack of coverage of certain sports and interviews mid-competition, some turning off because of it.
One fan commented: “That’s fine Dan, but you’ve cut away from the live cycling for a chat with Mark Cavendish and some gymnastics highlights.”
Dan wasted no time in getting back: “We never left the pictures of the race while we spoke to Mark Cavendish.
“And Max Whitlock is the reigning Olympic champion and we showed 1 minute & 40 seconds of him – which loads of viewers were desperate to see.”
He added: “We are trying to cover as much as possible.”
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