Dan Walker branded ‘too immature’ to be a teacher after ‘dropping trousers’ mid-interview

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Dan Walker, 43, is the face of BBC Breakfast, Football Focus and the former host of quiz show Chase the Case, but his successful TV career wasn’t actually what he had in mind for his future. Originally, the BBC star wanted to be a teacher, specialising in both PE and history, but admitted he was told he was “too immature” for the role after he dropped his trousers during his post-graduate certificate interview.

They said I was too immature to be a teacher

Dan Walker

Dan opened up on the cringeworthy event in a recent radio chat, as he took a look back at his career and how his aspirations led him down a different path.

“In my mind, I was always going to be a PE teacher and a history teacher,” he told Simon Thomas on his podcast Life, Interrupted.

“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.”

Before he confessed that the reason they called him immature was because he took his trousers off mid-interview, he begged the host to let him explain properly before any judgment was thrown his way.

“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 recalled.

Dan remembered that he was interviewed by both a male and a female, and the lady played the “bad cop”.

“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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But it might have been a blessing in disguise, as Dan has since gone onto become one of the biggest names in TV news, which has led to appearances on game shows and all sorts of other ventures being teacher might not have offered him.

Most recently, he featured on BBC’s Would I Lie To You? where he revealed he once asked footballing legend Pelé to stop signing his gym bag.

The story left both the panel and viewers watching at home dumbfounded, as Dan recalled the awkward incident that angered the sportsman.

Introducing his true or false statement, Dan produced a green sport bag and read out: “This is my sports bag and half way through signing it, I told Pele to put his pen down because I thought he was ruining it,” he said.

“The reason I didn’t want him to sign it was because I wanted to use it in the gym.”

While Lee Mack and his team were adamant that the story was a lie, Dan shocked everyone when he revealed the truth.

The panel were left with their mouths wide open when Dan announced the story to be true, with viewers branding him “mental” for turning down a world-class autograph.

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am and Would I Lie To You? airs Mondays at 8.30pm on BBC One.

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