Watch: Dan Walker discusses his decision to quit BBC Breakfast
The 45-year-old journalist and TV presenter - who competed in Strictly Come Dancing last year - has announced he will leave the BBC after 13 years to a host a revamped version of Channel 5's 5pm news programme in the next few weeks.
Walker told BBC Breakfast co-host Sally Nugent: "I think sometimes opportunities come along and you have to grab them.
"I've never ever been motivated by money in any job that I've ever taken, and even though I've loved working at BBC Breakfast and everybody who works on the show, this is a fantastic opportunity to work with a brilliant team at Channel 5.
"And also go and make some other programmes outside of news."
The father-of-three refused to be drawn on his plans for new shows as Nugent tried to tease details from her colleague.
He joked: "You're always suggesting shows I should do - are you trying to get rid of me?"
Nugent quipped: "Finally - it's worked, he's going!"
Nugent said: "We've been friend for 20 years, we've worked together for six months - and you're off!"
Walker told her: "This has been a really difficult decision, one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make in my career, because I love you to bits and I love working with you."
She replied: "I love you too Daniel."
Walker also thanked viewers and fans for their messages of support after his announcement that he was quitting the show.
He said: "I should also say thank you so much for so many lovely messages yesterday. I said to you, 'I don't think anybody will care.' But I've had so many lovely messages from BBC Breakfast viewers and loads of other people as well."
Walker competed in the 19th series of Strictly last year and finally left the BBC dance competition with professional partner Nadiya Bychkova in the quarter final after weeks of evading the dance-off thanks to votes from viewers.
Despite getting so far in the contest he chose not to take part in the live tour.
Before he joined the BBC Breakfast team Walker presented presented Football Focus on BBC from 2009 to 2021.