CBeebies has a brand-new presenter in the house – and people are absolutely thrilled at the news.
Newcomer, George is a 20-year-old actor, dancer, and presenter (a triple threat, in other words) who will entertain kids across the country with his talents.
In a video introduction, George described how he was “feeling so excited to start,” after meeting his co-stars and got the chance to chat with Dodge the dog. He then continued to detail facts about himself for the viewers to get to know him a bit better.
“This is me, I am George,’ he added. “I like to cook and dance! I like to watch films all day long given half the chance!
“This is me, I am George. My eyes are sparkly, just like my mum. Just like my dad, I’m determined and brave. And just like my sister, I’m full of fun.”
Our NEW CBeebies House presenter, George will be starting soon! ❤️
He loves cooking and dancing, and he can’t wait to be your friend.
— CBeebies Grown-Ups 🎉 (@CBeebiesHQ) September 20, 2021
The 20-year-old who has Down Syndrome is proving to people that dreams do come true: “When I was young, I was told that I can be anything. And look! Here I am, in the CBeebies House ready to cook and sing.
“This is me, I am George. I can’t wait to be your friend, so get ready to come with me on an adventure that will never end.”
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In response to the news, there have been so many positive messages welcoming George and wishing him the best in his new role – CBeebies and “Congratulations George” even began trending on Twitter.
The disability charity, Mencap, were happy to see their ambassador being announced as the new presenter.
We are so excited to see our fantastic ambassador George Webster become a presenter on @CBeebies. 😃
Congratulations, George from everyone here at Mencap! 🥳
You are a brilliant role model so it is great you will have the chance to introduce yourself to so many people. 👋 https://t.co/tot5yR012c
— Mencap (@mencap_charity) September 20, 2021
Also joining in to send George their best wishes was the Down’s Syndrome Association who described him as an “amazing young man.”
We’re thrilled to see that George is the new CBeebies House presenter and are incredibly proud of this amazing young man.
Congratulations George!! https://t.co/Pmhreqj0UQ
— Down’s Syndrome Association (@DSAInfo) September 20, 2021
People also shared their love for the fact that CBeebies are choosing diverse talent to present their shows.
CBeebies continuing to make telly that is inclusive, warm, and gentle. It’s just a lovely channel. George will be a fantastic addition to the presenting team. https://t.co/wykIQIUvw1
— Mrs Skinner (@suzeloves) September 20, 2021
Cbeebies continues to show the rest of us how it’s done https://t.co/x5JkSGRkV9
— SK (@SHKh74) September 20, 2021
CBeebies has the best representation of diverse talent anywhere on television, and is all the better for it. Just look at the replies to this from parents of children with Downs Syndrome. There’s hope for our kids’ generation to smash those unconscious biases. https://t.co/z7kDUY0zaF
— Ian Symes 🌹🇪🇺 (@ianiansymes) September 20, 2021
Amazing! Congratulations George you will inspire so many young people to follow their dreams! 👏 good work CBEEBIES 👏 pic.twitter.com/8YG13rneHc
— Fiona Holter (@fionaf_H) September 20, 2021
Meanwhile, parents who have children with Down’s Syndrome were over the moon after hearing the news and to see Down’s Syndrome representation on their TV screens for their kids to relate to.
So amazing for my daughter to see someone like her represented in mainstream culture. Love this so much. Good luck George, I think you’ll be amazing ❤️
— Mary Baxter (@maggsy100) September 20, 2021
Go George!!!we are so excited yo see you. pic.twitter.com/Y7JqqZJciI
— Jonny Pilkington (@JonnyPilkingto1) September 20, 2021
CBeebies you have made a mum of a little boy just like George so excited. You are the best x
— Karen Taylor (@girliesaints) September 20, 2021
My daughter was very excited to tell me that someone, with DS like her, will be on CBeebies. Welcome George 👋
— Andrew Anderson 🏳️🌈 (@soorploom) September 20, 2021
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