A BBC presenter has been pulled from the show and suspended while under investigation over charges of paying a teenager for sexual images.
The man, whose name is not given, is said to have paid the youngster more than £35,000 over the past three years.
Who are the BBC presenters who have ruled out being the star?
Gary Lineker, Rylan Clark and Jeremy Vine have all denied being the BBC star.
Lineker – presenter of the BBC show Match of the Day – commented on the allegations on social media yesterday.
He wrote, “I hate disappointing the haters but that’s not me.”
This comes after Rylan, 34, who co-hosts Beeb’s Eurovision coverage and films a travelogue for the company, took to Twitter to respond.
Sharing a meme of Oscar winner Will Smith, the former X Factor contestant wrote, “Not sure why my name is floating around but read the story in The Sun – it’s not me baby.”
“I’m filming a show in Italy for the BBC right now, so tell me my name.”
Vine, 58, who hosts a news program on Radio 2, tweeted: “I just want to say I’m really looking forward to hosting my radio show on Monday.”
“Whoever the ‘BBC host’ on the news is, I have the same message for you as Rylan did before: it’s definitely not me.”
What did the BBC star do?
The unnamed BBC star is off the air as allegations he paid the teenager for sexual images are investigated.
The bad news is said to have started in 2020 when the youngster was 17 years old.
The family say the BBC presenter has never hidden his identity and has even sent pictures of himself at work.
She said she was told the star required “performances,” and heartbreakingly, her child said they were “putting it all together.”
On Sunday, the BBC said: “The BBC takes all allegations seriously and we have sound internal processes in place to proactively deal with such allegations.”
“This is a complex and fast-moving issue and the BBC is working to establish the facts as quickly as possible in order to provide appropriate information for next steps.
“It is important that these matters are handled fairly and with care.
“We have made it clear that if at any time new information comes to light or is made available to us, it will be appropriately acted upon and actively followed up.
“The BBC first became aware of a complaint in May. On Thursday we were presented with new allegations of a different nature and, in addition to our own inquiries, we also contacted external authorities in accordance with our protocols.
“We can also confirm that a male staff member has been suspended.
“We expect to be able to provide another update in the coming days as the process continues. The BBC board will continue to be kept informed.”
The star was suspended from the BBC after Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer sat down with BBC boss Tim Davie.
Davie said he takes the allegations “incredibly seriously”.
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What has been said about the BBC star?
The BBC star has not been named but he is a familiar face known to millions of people.
On Saturday night, the presenter was off the air while the BBC investigated the mother’s explosive claims.
She said: “When I see him on TV, I get sick. I blame that BBC man for ruining my child’s life.”
“I’m taking my child’s innocence and handing over the money for crack cocaine that could kill my child.”
The family complained to the BBC on May 19 about his behavior and begged them to get the man to “stop sending the money”.
They had discovered that their child had used the money to fund his increasing addiction to crack cocaine.
The furious mother recounted how her child went from “a cheerful teenager to a ghostly crack addict” in just three years.
They contacted The Sun and made it clear they didn’t want any payment.
The mother said, “All I want is for this man to stop paying my child for sexual imagery and for him to stop funding my child’s drug addiction.”
She shared how her child, now 20, showed her an online bank statement showing numerous deposits made by the star.
Holding back tears, she added: “It was huge sums, hundreds or thousands of pounds at a time.”
“Once he had sent £5,000 in one parcel. The money was in exchange for sexually explicit photos of my child.”
It was announced on Sunday that the man could be charged by the police and could face years in prison.