BBC Breakfast backlash as viewers blast guest puppet presenter

BBC Breakfast viewers were left baffled when a CBBC puppet named Hacker the Dog helped host Tuesday’s instalment of the flagship news programme.

Sally Nugent was hosting the BBC show from the studio but her co-star Jon Kay was reporting from inside a school alongside Hacker as the broadcaster launched the 500 Words competition for young writers.

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, a frustrated AJ wrote: “Is this #BBCBreakfast or #cbbc?

Auld Bryan added: “#bbcbreakfast F****g hell… This should be on Blue Peter, not the BBC’s flagship news channel…”

A third penned: “Will this 500-word segment ever end? Give us some news please #bbcbreakfast.”

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Another said: “#bbcbreakfast Could they dumb this show down any further?

“Tomorrow, Charlie and Naga will present the news with glove puppets on their hands…” (sic)

However, another user wrote: “We need Cocker on every #BBCBreakfast show starting with today. He’s an absolute delight @BBCBreakfast.”

Dylan shared: “Might start a petition so Hacker the Dog can be a permanent presenter. #BBCBreakfast.”

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The 500-word initiative which Jon and Hacker were discussing will allow finalists to be invited to meet Queen Consort Camilla.

Hacker provided viewers with a mix of cheeky comments as he brightened up the segment.

Jon explained that in addition to meeting Queen Camilla, the winner would win the Queen’s height in books.

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Later on, Hacker said he would write a story about meeting sporting legend Sue Barker.

When Jon said anyone’s dreams can come true, the puppet snapped back: “No, they don’t because she has a restraining order against me”, leaving Jon in fits of laughter.”

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One from 6am.

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