The presenter dubbed herself the “happiest woman alive” as she filled in for Sally Nugent on the red sofa
Victoria Fritz has surprised BBC Breakfast viewers by presenting the popular morning show alongside Ben Thompson.
The pair are representing regular hosts Sally Nugent and newly appointed host Jon Kay, who appear to be on holiday.
Fritz, who is the morning news presenter for BBC Global News, has occasionally appeared on BBC Breakfast to share the latest business updates.
The presenter dubbed herself the “happiest woman alive” as she filled in for Nugent on the red sofa.
Nugent presented the program on Monday (August 1) and Tuesday (August 2) but is expected to be on vacation with Kay, who has had the entire week off.
Here’s everything you need to know about who Victoria Fritz is and how long she’ll be presenting BBC Breakfast.
Who is Viktoria Fritz?
Victoria Fritz is a business correspondent and presenter working for the BBC.
She presents the BBC’s morning global news programs on BBC One, BBC News and BBC World News.
The 38-year-old studied at the University of Cambridge and began her career in 2008 at Reuters.
Fritz married her husband Dan, who is a writer and lawyer, in 2011.
The couple have one child together, a son who was born in 2016.
Fritz gave birth three weeks before her due date after going into labor following a live broadcast.
Her husband was stuck in traffic, Nugent had to accompany her to the hospital.
A BBC spokesman said at the time: “When Sally heard she was going into labour, she offered to be there until Victoria’s husband arrived. But her husband never came, so she found herself giving birth.”
Why is she presenting BBC Breakfast?
Fritz jumps in to cover for BBC breakfast presenter Sally Nugent.
It is the first time the BBC Global News presenter has presented on the red sofa, but she has previously appeared at BBC Breakfast to provide the latest business news update.
Nugent, who hosted the show on Monday (1 August) and Tuesday (2 August), is expected to go on holiday alongside newly appointed presenter Jon Kay, who was absent from BBC Breakfast this week.
What did she say?
Fritz announced on Twitter that she would be presenting at BBC Breakfast on August 2nd.
In a tweet that included a picture alongside her colleagues, she said: “Ssshh…whisper it…. But the stars have aligned… this could well be your line-up for tomorrow morning on @BBCBreakfast…”
Adding: “Happiest woman alive?”
The presenter teased fans again by giving her Twitter followers a “behind the scenes” update.
Her tweet said: “Behind the scenes at @BBCBreakfast. With shoes… toast… and the delicious @BBCBenThompson. Put the kettle on and join us.”
A video was included giving a glimpse of what the hostess was viewing from the red sofa, which featured her laptop and a cup of coffee
Following her appearance on the show, Fritz shared a picture of her on Twitter with fellow cast members Thompson and Ben Boulos.
The caption read, “If Carlsberg had colleagues,” along with heart emojis.
How did the fans react?
Fans have responded positively to Fritz stepping in for Nugent this week.
One responded to her Twitter post: “I thought you did a great job this morning and I also thought your pairing with these gorgeous boys worked out so well too. More gigs for this gang, please Beeb.”
While another said: “Thought you guys were a breath of fresh air this morning…hopefully the sign of things to come.”