Dan Walker, 42, presented a heartwarming segment on BBC Breakfast today as he surprised an elderly man named Terrence, who had spent many Christmas Days alone. The star teamed up with students from Oldham College to bring him a decorated Christmas tree and sing him his favourite carol, Silent Night.
Sharing the emotional video, which saw Terrence welling up with tears in response to the festive gesture, Dan tweeted in view of his 601,000 followers: “If you can’t make it to a TV today, this is what happened when we surprised Terrence – who came on #bbcbreakfast yesterday to talk about loneliness – with a visit from the students at @OldhamCollege.
“You might need some tissues,” he warned.
However, the most unlikely response to the moving moment came from Dan’s Good Morning Britain rival Piers Morgan.
After watching the clip, Piers, who frequently spars with Dan on the micro-blogging site, admitted the video “brought a tear to his eye”.
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He replied in view of his own seven million followers: “Damn it Walker… you got me. This brought a tear to my eye.”
Dan seemed shocked by Piers’ revelation, as he credited Terrence for “bringing them together” in spite of their bickering over ratings.
The BBC Breakfast favourite wrote back: “You’re human after all. Terrence has brought us together.”
He then quipped: “I’m off to hide in a fridge. Merry Christmas Piers.”
Fans took to the comments section to share their thoughts about the surprising exchange between Dan and Piers.
One Twitter user wrote: “Dan Walker… you’re my new hero! You even made Piers cry…”
Another joked: “@piersmorgan @mrdanwalker Lads, get a room. Together. Have a nice cold beer and acknowledge you can be nice to each other… If that don’t work, have another drink. And repeat.”(sic)
A third fan suggested Piers’ response to the video was “a Christmas miracle”.
“Amazing! Well done Dan and @BBCBreakfast. Oldham College deserve recognition too,” a fourth person replied.
Dan and Piers’ conversation about Terrence comes after the former took a thinly-veiled swipe at the latter on Twitter.
The BBC journalist spoke out in response to a fan who applauded his approach to interviewing.
They tweeted: “The reason I watch @BBCBreakfast and @mrdanwalker over any other breakfast show is he allows people to speak, you hear their story and not his opinion and that gives you the most powerful impact, Thank you for this morning.”
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The comment appeared to be loosely based around Piers’ different method of interviewing guests, as he often enjoys exerting his opinions into conversations.
Dan seemed pretty pleased with the compliment and it provoked him to respond with an appreciative message.
“I love listening to people’s stories. No one cares what I think,” he replied.
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.
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