CHARLIE Stayt abandoned the BBC Breakfast sofa ahead of an interview with Keir Starmer – forcing Nina Warhurst to host alone.
Charlie, 60, was joined on the red sofa by Nina, 42, as his regular co-host Naga Munchetty was absent.
While the pair hosted much of the show together, when it came to interviewing Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, Charlie disappeared.
After a visit to the regional BBC News teams around the country, at 7.30 the cameras returned to the BBC Breakfast studios and showed Nina sitting on the sofa with Mr Starmer opposite.
Charlie was nowhere to be seen and his absence during Nina's 18 minute interview with the Labour leader was not addressed.
However, regular viewers of BBC Breakfast will remember that Charlie came under fire after interviewing Mr Starmer in April last year.
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Charlie was branded "pathetic" by viewers after many felt he failed to "grill" the politician over rising energy costs, so he may have decided to sit out the latest interview, allowing Nina to take the lead.
One viewer jibed: "Didn't know Charlie Stayt was related to Kier Starmer – why did he leave the room on #BBCBreakfast."
Another added: "No Charlie Stayt on the sofa…too Tory to even sit there? In favour of no bias he should not be on the sofa for any MP from any party now!"
Once the interview was over, Charlie then returned to the sofa to sit alongside Nina.
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Meanwhile, Nina looked lovely in a black dress and black jacket which featured cropped sleeves and a white trim.
BBC Breakfast viewers took to Twitter to comment on the host shake up, with one writing: "Lovely to see you this morning. Looking glam."
Another added: "Morning Nina, it was a lovely surprise to see you this morning."
BBC Breakfast airs daily from 6am on BBC One.
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