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BBC presenter Dan Walker turns down Strictly judge Len's tip to go on show

BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker has turned down Len Goodman's suggestion that he join Strictly Come Dancing - saying "it's not for me".

Breakfast host Naga Munchetty and weather presenter Carol Kirkwood, as well as former stars Natasha Kaplinsky and Bill Turnbull, have competed on the BBC One show.

Goodman told Walker, and co-host Louise Minchin, that he had noticed the Breakfast presenter had promising hip action when they walked up the stairs while filming another TV show together.

"We had Naga on this year, Carol last year... Dan!", he said.

"I did a programme with you... You were going up some stairs and I was behind you.

"As you went up I thought, 'the boy's got hip action'," he said.

But Walker told Goodman: "It's not for me.

"You're leaving, I'm not going to start!"

Goodman, who is quitting the ballroom dancing show, also hinted that the Len's Lens segment of Strictly - where he looks closely at contestants' dances - would stay even when he departs - as a tribute to him.

"I'm hoping that they're going to keep that," he said, "as a sort of tribute to old Len Goodman," he said.

"In about 20 years' time, if Strictly's still going, they'll say 'why do they call it Len's Lens?'

Goodman said he was "not far from" getting "dithery" and so now was the perfect time to bow out.

Asked whether Danny Mac was the best male dancer the show has ever seen, he replied: "No...I don't know... possibly...

"He's a really terrific dancer I've got to say, but is he better than (previous contestants) Harry Judd? Is he better than Ricky Whittle? I don't know.

"Dancing is about comparisons... so unless you saw the three of them on the floor at the same time... All I can say is they're all great."

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