Naga Munchetty breaks silence on ‘leaving’ BBC Breakfast after announcing new role

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Naga Munchetty’s new role on BBC Radio 5 Live was announced by the broadcaster yesterday. Many fans of the host flocked to Twitter to congratulate her on the news, however some queried if this meant she will no longer be fronting BBC Breakfast.

Does that mean the end of the red sofa in the mornings?

BBC Breakfast fan

The 45-year-old presenter thanked fans for their support on the micro-blogging site, telling fans she had big shoes to fill.

A fan then asked: “Best of luck Naga. Does that mean the end of the red sofa in the mornings? Hope not.

“Your interviews were always excellent and insightful.”

Clarifying she isn’t leaving the show, Naga replied: “Nope. Still on @BBCBreakfast x.”

Another wrote: “Hope you’re still going to appear on BBC breakfast.

“Where would we be without your wit, intelligence and Charlie [Stayt] windups.”

In response to this, a third fan asked: “Is Charlie just really easy to wind up?”

The presenter replied: “No. It takes a lot of skill, wit and perseverance,” followed by crying with laughter emojis.

“Seriously you 2 are my favourite BBC team since Bill Turnbull and anyone else!” another added.

Naga will replace regular presenter Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 5 Live from January.

The latter sent her support to her replacement on Twitter yesterday.

She wrote: “Huge congrats to the brilliant @TVNaga01 – you are going to have a b****y ball with a tenacious, quick-witted and clever team and the incredible listeners of @bbc5live.”

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Naga said of her new role: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the 5 Live team.

“I have always wanted to work more in radio and after such an enjoyable experience presenting on the station recently, I jumped at this opportunity.

“5 Live has one of the most passionate, engaged audiences in radio.

“The prospect of talking to those listeners every week really excites me.

“I can’t wait to get stuck into the role from January.”

The BBC star has been a regular face on BBC Breakfast since 2009.

She fronts the programme midweek, usually alongside Charlie.

BBC Breakfast airs daily from 6am on BBC One.

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