BBC Breakfasts Naga Munchetty absent from regular radio show slot in switch-up

BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty was absent from her Radio 5 Live hosting slot as she had been replaced in an on-air shakeup.

Naga, 47, typically fronts the BBC radio show during the first three days of the week.

However, on Wednesday's instalment (March 23), the broadcaster was not on air for her usual slot.

Listeners hoping to hear Naga's voice when tuning in were slightly confused as her replacement Chris Warburton stepped in and took over.

Chris, 45, who typically hosts the show on the weekend, mentioned her absence at the start of the programme but didn't explain why the television star was missing.

Chris took the reins and told listeners: "It is me. How are you doing?

"It's just after 11 o'clock this morning. I'm Chris [Warburton] in for Naga."

Ahead of his arrival on the radio show, Chris told his Twitter followers that it was a "last-minute" switch-up.

Before going live, the radio presenter tweeted: "Bl**dy hell, I'm on the radio in five minutes lads. Last minute. I was in the shower an hour or so ago."

His loyal followers praised him for being a "hero" and stepping in for Naga.

One wrote: "@bbc5live's hero again. Thanks, Chris. Never a bad super sub."

Another joked: "Pray you're not still wearing your shower cap."

A third wrote: "Good luck. You'll be fine."

In October 2020, it was announced Naga would front the radio show from 10am until 1 pm while continuing to appear on BBC Breakfast.

It comes a day after Naga was last seen active on social media

Naga had taken to Twitter to voice her disapproval about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe being labelled an "ungrateful c**".

Lost for words Naga simply wrote "wow" under a Twitter trending page which slammed Nazanin.

Naga has not yet addressed why she was absent from the Radio 5 show or been active on social media.

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