Thanks for asking Charlie Stayt responds to BBC Breakfast exit probe

Charlie Stayt: I'm not quitting my BBC job

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Mike Bushell was on hand to present the latest sports news on Saturday’s BBC Breakfast and surprisingly, talk turned to Love Island. As the sports presenter explained a rugby star could be heading into the villa, he asked Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty if they’d give up their career for a spot on a reality show such as Love Island.

Mike asked: “What lengths would you go to if you had the chance to enter the Love Island villa?”

“Well no, I wouldn’t,” Naga replied as Charlie remained silent.

Mike continued: “You wouldn’t give up your job would you?”

“No, I’m not planning on it Mike,” Charlie hit back.

Laughing, the sports presenter replied: “Good to know.”

“Thanks for asking, thanks for checking,” Charlie answered.

Naga was keen to find out more as she asked: “Do they have surprise entrants in that way?”

“That would be a surprise!” Mike laughed as he joked Charlie could pop up in the villa.

Fortunately for BBC Breakfast viewers, Charlie and Naga will not be taking a break from their roles on the show to enter the Love Island villa.

Instead, Mike was simply addressing the next rumoured “bombshell” to arrive on the ITV2 reality show.

“The reason I’m saying this is rugby league star Jack O’Neill has been allowed to leave Castleford Tigers so he can join the dating game show later this weekend,” Mike explained.

“The super league team confirmed last night it had agreed to release O’Neill from his contract so he can pursue another opportunity.

“He’s only 23, they do have the first option to sign him back next year should he wish to return to rugby league.”

“So he’s taking a break effectively to go on?” Charlie asked. “Good luck to him.”

Charlie joined BBC Breakfast in 2006 as a relief presenter before being confirmed as the Friday to Sunday Breakfast host.

While Charlie shut down any hint of an exit from BBC Breakfast, his former co-star Dan Walker launched his first show on Channel 5 earlier in the week.

Dan Walker announced in April he was stepping down from his role on the Breakfast show to move channels.

His first day didn’t go too smoothly however, as he admitted he forgot a coat to present from outside Downing Street.

He told his 761,800 Twitter followers: “Interesting first day on the job at @5_News.

“A vote of confidence in the Prime Minister! The plan is to be live, on 5, at 5 from Downing Street. Not sure how to tell my new bosses I didn’t bring a coat to work.”

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One from 6am.

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