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BBC Breakfast’s Charlie Stayt says he broke his kids when he interviewed Stormzy

My alarm goes off just after 4am and I’m up true away.

I’m literally out of bed within 10 seconds, as knowledge has taught me that a check is fatal. Alarm clock, up, divided – that’s how we cope with the early mornings for BBC Breakfast.

Charlie first hosted BBC Breakfast in 2006, and now co-presents the show from Thursday to Saturday

Charlie first hosted BBC Breakfast in 2006, and now co-presents the show from Thursday to Saturday

The first food we eat is when we get to the studio [in Salford, Greater Manchester] and that’s before we go on air. we always have porridge of varying peculiarity with raisins, and that sets me up for the day. Rituals do turn important. we splash water first and then a very small, clever crater of builder’s tea – and then we hit the coffee from 7am. I’ll maybe have two coffees before the finish of the programme.

When we was a kid, we was knocked down by a car. we wasn’t nearby death, but it was not good. It hit me on my thigh and sent me spinning up in the air, but opportunely we didn’t hit my conduct and we didn’t mangle any skeleton – we was very lucky. You don’t forget things like that.

I cycle a bit, but I’m not a MAMIL [middle-aged man in Lycra]. It has happened, but I’m not competitive. I’m not looking to kick any records, and we haven’t got all the gear. we just like to get out and have a cycle at weekends. we don’t set myself to do 20km in an hour and a half, I’m not
like that. It’s some-more a cycle down to the shops or to go for a drink. we call it pootling.

I’m only ever so somewhat younger than the ladies of Bananarama. They were good fun on the BBC Breakfast sofa. I’ve just incited 55, but when we was 19 it was rise mullet deteriorate and we had a cracker. we am really utterly unapproachable of it, yet there are very few photographs of it since we actually didn’t take many pictures in those days.

As Charlies co-host Naga Munchetty trailed an talk with Nicola Sturgeon, a video of a chimpanzee seemed instead

As Charlie’s co-host Naga Munchetty trailed an talk with Nicola Sturgeon, a video of a chimpanzee seemed instead

My wife would contend we have a lot of irritating habits. Not being neat adequate is one, but I’d contend losing things is my many irritating one: phones, wallets, ID cards, all things of any consequence. Usually there’s a very elementary reason as to where they are.

My kids would contend that simply the many annoying interview I’ve finished recently was with [grime star] Stormzy. At the finish of it, we did a shout-out in a very prime way and we consider for my kids [teenagers Phoebe and Jake] that appearance on the list of annoying things relatives do. He was delightful, though, and found the whole thing hilarious.

Lots of my colleagues have competed on Strictly Come Dancing and had good fun, but it’s a very candid ‘no’ from me. we know from their knowledge that to do a show such as Strictly and to do it well, you’ve really got to wish to do it.

Charlie says his kids were ashamed when he did a 'middle-aged shout-out' during his talk with soil star Stormzy

Charlie says his kids were ashamed when he did a ‘middle-aged shout-out’ during his talk with soil star Stormzy

An talk that sticks in my mind is the Nicola Sturgeon chimpanzee incident. We were trailing an talk with the Scottish First Minister last year, but we ran a picture of a silverback chimpanzee instead. You can watch it on YouTube to conclude how agonising it was!

I do get a lot of: “I know you from somewhere, don’t I?” But there is utterly a lot of recognition since we do spend a lot of time in people’s homes with BBC Breakfast. Every morning, it’s millions of people.

My 3 dream guest for a luminary cooking party would be John McEnroe, Norman Wisdom and Olivia Newton-John. I’m a big tennis fan and we used to adore how romantic McEnroe was. Norman was another childhood hero. we don’t know what would occur over dinner, but it wouldn’t be dull. Olivia was my teenage pin-up, who we met many years after and she was positively charming.

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