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Kirsten McStay & Zara Woodcock

BBC's Jon Kay explains two-week absence from breakfast show as Ben Thompson steps in

BBC star Jon Kay has explained his two-week absence from presenting BBC Breakfast as Ben Thompson stepped in to replace him.

Jon usually presents BBC Breakfast with his co-host Sally Nugent between Monday and Wednesday, however in his absence, he took to social media to announce he will be enjoying the next two weeks off work to enjoy sleeping in and hanging out with his family, writes The Mirror.

He tweeted: "Enjoying some extra sleep and long-planned annual leave with the family, so no need to set my alarm clock tomorrow morning."

"Back on the red sofa with my BBC Breakfast family in Salford in two weeks’ time," he wrote with an alarm clock emoji.

Ben Thompson took Jon's place alongside Sally on Monday morning.

Fans took to the comments to wish him a lovely time off, whilst others said that it was a "shame" that he had to clarify his absence from the show.

One wrote: "Have a lovely break Jon, kick back and relax."

Another added: "Awful you had to put this tweet out but I can see why in the circumstances."

Jon's tweet comes after news broke that a BBC presenter allegedly paid a teenager for sexually explicit images.

The mother of the young person in question claims her child was paid more than £35,000 for sexually explicit pictures. She also says her child used the money to fund a crack cocaine addiction and blames the presenter for "destroying her child's life".

The male employee has been suspended from the BBC following the allegations and the Metropolitan Police confirmed they have been contacted with regards to allegations.

A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Police said: "The Met has received initial contact from the BBC in relation to this matter but no formal referral or allegation has been made.

"We will require additional information before determining what further action should follow."

BBC Director-general Tim Davie recently explained why the corporation chose not to name the BBC presenter.

"By law, individuals are entitled to a reasonable expectation of privacy, which is making this situation more complex," he wrote in an e-mail to staff.

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