BBC Breakfast's Sally Nugent steps down from show following heartbreaking loss

BBC Breakfast saw a significant shake-up in its presenting line-up when an emotional Sally Nugent was replaced following a heartbreaking loss.

Loyal viewers of the popular morning show tuned in for Monday's episode expecting to see Jon Kay, 54, and his 52 year old co-host. The dynamic duo usually helm the show from Monday to Wednesday each week.

Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty then take over from Thursday to Saturday, with stand-in hosts covering the Sunday episode. However, at the start of the week, BBC bosses were forced to make a last-minute call to another presenter to step in for the star.

Weekend host Sarah Campbell filled in for the mother-of-one alongside her colleague Jon. Despite her absence, the regular presenter shared a poignant post on Instagram dedicated to the late rugby league legend Rob Burrow.

The sportsman tragically died at the age of 41 after a four-and-a-half year battle with motor neuron disease on Sunday. Sally had worked closely with the rugby player and his family as he documented his health shortly after his diagnosis back in 2019, reports the Mirror.

BBC Breakfast extensively covered Burrow's story, with Sally becoming a close friend of the family. Sharing a series of images showing him enjoying time with his family, the broadcaster shared a touching tribute to the late star.

The message read: "Shoot for the moon. Land in the stars @rob7lindsey", signed off with three kisses. The heartfelt post soon had her followers pouring in supportive comments for her and Rob's family. "Honestly, you were one of my first thoughts! Thank you for helping the family highlight this cruel disease. Love to all the family and Rest in Peace Rob," said one fan.

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Another expressed: "Thought of you when I heard the sad news. You brought so much awareness to mnd and worked so amazingly with Rob and his family."

While a third penned: "Heartbreaking, your work and friendship you developed with him and his family has been incredible. Thoughts with you all."

Later in the show, Sally sat down on the iconic red sofa as her colleagues interviewed her about her bond with the sports star. Sally found it difficult to hold back tears as she reminisced about Rob's love for his young family and his determined courage to battle the terminal illness for as long as possible.

Viewers took to the internet to praise the star for her heartrending segment online. One viewer wrote: "Have to say, I think Sally has spoken so well about Rob, God bless him and his family and friends #bbcbreakfast."

Tributes have poured in for rugby legend Rob Burrow since his sad death. One fan wrote: "So sad to hear of the passing of the legend that is Rob Burrow. I have followed his fight with #MND via #BBCBreakfast and Sally Nugent. Thoughts, love and strength with his family, friends and the rugby community at this sad time. #riprobburrow [blue heart emoji, yellow heart emoji]."

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