Naga, 45, was absent from the first-weekend instalment of BBC Breakfast as the presenter enjoyed a day off from her duties. As well as hosting the news show, the journalist also has her own programme on BBC 5 Live for three of the seven days a week so a short break is well needed. Rachel, 46, has stepped in for her colleague on several occasions over the past few months but BBC viewers still seemed quite distracted by her.
Rachel sat alongside Charlie Stayt, 58, to host the Saturday edition of the programme and the pair discussed all the latest headlines from around the world.
The journalist took to Twitter during the show to inform her 78,200 followers, posting a picture of herself with her co-stars.
“Two views. Morning from the sofa @BBCBreakfast,” she wrote as she was seen sitting next to her co-host and then sat two meters part from sports reporter Mike Bushell, 55.
With Naga nowhere to be seen, one viewer wrote: “#BBCBreakfast @rachelburden this morning. Enough said,” followed by a love heart emoji.
Another added: “Morning gorgeous Rachel lovely to see you on breakfast this morning,” whilst a third commented: “Good Morning gorgeous lady.”
Sitting in for Naga on Saturday morning, Rachel sported a pale blue, short-sleeved dress caught the attention of those watching at home.
“Is Rachel going to a tunic party after filming? #bbcbreakfast,” a fourth viewer asked as the presenter left them distracted from the news she was speaking about.
Ahead of her appearance on the programme, the journalist did inform her followers she was going to be holding Naga’s role for the day.
This isn’t unusual as there are several presenters on standby to help things ticking over if one of the main stars is having a day off.
Naga took on the radio role from broadcaster Emma Barnett, 35, who she filled in for during a break last year.
Speaking about being handed the baton and working through the national lockdown last year, the journalist has explained one of her most memorable interviews came from hosting the radio programme.
The broadcaster said in December: “I’ve also been filling in on 5 live this summer, ahead of my new show in January which I’m absolutely delighted about.
“One of the things that came out of Black Lives Matter and the aftermath of George Floyd’s death was an interview with a woman who was looking for a job and was discriminated against because of her surname.”
The journalist continued: “ It wasn’t an obviously English-sounding name. But when she changed it, with the exact same CV, she was shortlisted.
“That interview got so many people talking,” she added whilst speaking to The Guardian about her life in 2020.
In between her working duties, the presenter has been keeping on top of her fitness as she has been sharing updates with her 38,900 followers on Instagram.
Captioning a picture of herself after a run last weekend, Naga wrote: “There was sunshine for today’s run – that helped a bit, as it felt very tough today. Happy Sunday.”