Bill blast at Breakfast’s sexism row
TELLY presenter Bill Turnbull has dismissed the upset over where his replacement Dan Walker sits on the BBC Breakfast sofa.
The show was plunged into controversy over the seating arrangement of Louise Minchin, 48, and Walker, 39.
The Beeb was branded sexist when Walker was placed “camera left” despite having less experience than Minchin, the show’s top female presenter.
He was placed in the spot on the famous red sofa occupied by his predecessor Turnbull ( above).
But Turnbull, 60, who left the show in February, said that his position on the sofa had nothing to do with seniority.
Turnbull said that “it had never, ever crossed my mind” that he had been put “camera left” during his 15 years on the show because of his greater experience.
He said: “It’s nonsense. The (notion that the) man is sitting on the left because it’s a historical, sexist preference I just find bizarre.”