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Dan Walker , 43, backed his co-host, Louise Minchin, 51, after she received criticism for her interview with politician, James Cleverly on the BBC Breakfast show. The interview took place on Wednesday morning’s show where they discussed the Conservative party ahead of their election campaign that was launched yesterday.
The party chairman featured on the show via video link from BBC 's Westminster studio.
He was probed by Louise as she referred to the number of apologies made by members of the Conservative party at the very start of their election campaign.
But Louise was accused of being "aggressive" when trying to get answers to her questions and Dan quickly attempted to shut down all negative views of his colleague.
Tweeting to his 588, 400 followers, he said: "Reading some of the comments about Louise's interview with James Cleverly on #BBCBreakfast shows just how toxic politics is.
Dan Walker defends Louise Minchin amid troll blast for James Cleverly interview (Image: BBC)
Dan Walker defended Louise Minchin after troll blast (Image: TWITTER)
"Rage, praise and everything in between. The truth is @louiseminchin is a brilliant journalist and it was a great & important interview. Thanks for watching."
However, his gallant effort was also met with criticism as viewers who disagreed with the way the interview was conducted, continued to air their opinions.
One said: "Louise’s treatment of James Cleverly was disgusting. BBC Breakfast is becoming unwatchable because of the aggressive interview tactics of Dan and Louise."
"I'm a fan of you guys but that was truly a shocking interview!" Another stated.
Dan Walker: Louise Minchin was slammed for her interview with James Cleverly (Image: BBC)
Dan Walker said Louise Minchin is a ‘brilliant journalist’ amid viewer disagreement (Image: BBC)
A third commented: "It certainly wasn't a great interview, I turned over to a better breakfast channel."
"Love your morning program, but truly embarrassed for Louise today. She could have proved her point without going on and on and on and on. Very stern face after the interview, eventually her lovely smile reappeared," a fourth said.
Someone else snapped: "Only your opinion Dan. I would not call Louise a brilliant journalist. She was aggressive and rude. Will now be watching Good Morning Britain."
The BBC host identified the irony in that tweet which provoked him to respond: "All the best with that if you don't like aggressive and rude," he said with a laughing face and a thumbs up emoji, referring to his rival breakfast host, Piers Morgan who is renowned for his tenacious interview techniques.
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But there were fans who, like Dan, had Louise's back and shared their compassion.
"Leave our Louise alone, she’s great at her job and lovely too," one viewer pleaded.
Another said: "She did a fantastic job."
"Louise gave a cracking interview and pressed him hard. Well done lou," A third said.
Louise said she was "trying to keep count" of apologies that had arisen in the last 24 hours from the Conservative party.
The Conservative party campaign began on a bad note after Jacob Rees Mogg made "distressing" comments on LBC radio regarding the Grenfell Tower tragedy, where he implied he would have made "better decisions" than the victims.
Another Conservative member, Andrew Brigden, also had to apologise for backing Jacob's comments on the radio with Evan Peters.
A third, Johnny Mercer, apologised for an "edited" or "doctored" TV interview that was posted on the official Conservative party Twitter page, that made it look like Labour party member Kia Starmer could not answer a question.
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6:30am on BBC.
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