Would I Lie To You?: Dan Walker shares Pelé story
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Before Dan Walker, 43, embarked on his career in television, he wanted to be something quite different – a teacher. But his dreams of teaching history and PE quickly vanished after he was left “hugely insulted” by the interviewer during his postgraduate certificate interview.
I took that as a huge insult
Speaking to Simon Thomas on his podcast Life, Interrupted, Dan recalled the eye-raising event which led him down a different path.
“In my mind, I was always going to be a PE teacher and a history teacher,” he said.
“I went to university to do a history degree, fully expecting to then do a PGC [post-graduate certificate] after that and go into teaching but I actually got turned down for a PGC.
“The only person they turned down and the reason why – it’s a stupid story – they said I was too immature to be a teacher.”
The comment came after the female interviewer noticed the BBC star was wearing bright red socks with his suit, which Dan was eager to explain.
“I was wearing my football kit underneath my suit that I borrowed, I didn’t have a suit, so I borrowed a suit, slightly ill fitting, and I had red socks underneath it,” he said.
But the “bad cop” interviewer wasn’t impressed.
“She said, ‘I can see you wearing red socks. What I worry about is that you’re the sort of teacher who will be best mates with the kids, but won’t teach them anything and ultimately will let them down.’
“I took that as a huge insult so I said, ‘Hold on a minute, I’ve only got red socks on because I’m wearing my football kit.’
“And I thought at the time it was a good idea to stand up and drop my kecks to show that I had my shorts on underneath and fully ready to go because I was playing six a side straight away after my interview.”
Obviously, it didn’t go down very well and what Dan believed would be a talking-point in the interview, wasn’t.
“She sort of shook her head at me, which was probably understandable, and told me that she didn’t think I was teaching material,” he giggled.
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Elsewhere, the father-of-three was inundated with requests from fans following his appearance on Would I Lie To You? last week.
Dan has always had a bit of a thing for eggs – poached eggs to be exact – and it’s a passion that’s landed him in a prestigious club, the Egg Club.
From what was just a “silly blog post” has since grown to a fully fledged cult, and he announced he had over 600 people wanting to become members of the group.
“Since last night’s #WILTY I have been pummelled with requests to enter #EggClub,” he penned on Instagram.
“About 600 and counting…
“As our secretary, Graham, and the other 15 members will testify, we only accept applications at the weekend – even if you’re related to a board member. Happy poaching.”
He also shared screenshots of fan requests on Twitter, before replying to a few members who had been removed from the club due to a breach of the rules.
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am and Would I Lie To You? airs Mondays at 8.30pm on BBC One.
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