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BBC's Jon Kay confirms Breakfast absence as host backed by viewers at start of two week break

Jon Kay has received the support of viewers, after publicly announcing that he'd be taking time off from his role on BBC Breakfast, at a time when the broadcaster finds itself surrounded by controversy.

Popular presenter Jon, who replaced Dan Walker as one of the show's lead anchors last year, took to Twitter on Monday to confirm his pre-planned absence from the show, telling his followers: "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."

And his tweet got a swift response from fans, many of whom sympathized with him at having to be so public with is plans, given what's going on at the moment. One told him: "Awful you had to put this tweet out but I can see why in the circumstances," with a second responding: "Have a great family break Jon. It's very sad if you felt you needed to send this tweet to explain your absence at this time." Others told Jon they were looking forward to seeing him back on BBC Breakfast's famous red sofa later on this month.

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Jon's break from his hosting duties on Breakfast comes as the BBC is at the centre of a huge media storm over allegations surrounding one of its presenters. After reports in national media at the end of last week that a high profile BBC star had been accused of paying in the region of £35,000 for sexually explicit images of a teenager, the BBC released a statement on Sunday, saying: "The BBC takes any allegations seriously and we have robust internal processes in place to proactively deal with such allegations. "

It continued: "This is a complex and fast moving set of circumstances and the BBC is working as quickly as possible to establish the facts in order to properly inform appropriate next steps. It is important that these matters are handled fairly and with care. We have been clear that if – at any point – new information comes to light or is provided to us, this will be acted upon appropriately and actively followed up

BBC boss revealed that they were first made aware of a complaint in May before new allegations of 'a different nature' came to light on Thursday, with sources also confirming that a male member of staff has been suspended,

The name of the presenter involved in the matter has not yet been confirmed, but several big names, like Gary Lineker, Rylan Clark and Jeremy Vine have all publicly denied it is them, with Radio 2 presenter Jeremy even threatening legal action against those who make accusations against him online.

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