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Louise Minchin ‘can’t quite believe it is the end’ as she leaves BBC Breakfast

Louise Minchin presented BBC Breakfast for almost 20 years, but admitted her decision to quit the show was ‘a long time in coming’

BBC Breakfast: Louise Minchin announces date she’s leaving

Emotional Louise Minchin is leaving BBC Breakfast today after nearly 20 years – admitting she can’t quite believe it is the end.

The 53-year-old has begun her last day on the sofa reporting live with Dan Walker who she has co-hosted with for five years.

On Twitter this week she had said “Goodness me. I can’t quite believe it” as she approached her last day.

At the beginning of the show today, Dan asked how Louise was feeling and she laughed about the fact that her pass to get into the building hadn’t worked that morning.

“I did ask if I could just go home,” she laughed.

Things got a little emotional later in the show as Dan and other presenters on the show told Louise how much they’ll miss her and thanked her for looking after them on their first day.

Louise’s first ever appearance on BBC Breakfast was on Christmas Eve 2001 when she was a freelancer, but she went on to be one of the main presenters, working with Bill Turnbull as co-host and when he left Dan Walker took over.



Louise Minchin has called time on her BBC Breakfast career
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Speaking about her decision to leave earlier this week she told the Mirror it was a combination of wanting more family time and also wanting to not get up early in the gloom of winter for another year.

She said: “This has been a decision a long time in coming. It involved lots of in depth discussion with friends and family.

“My children are pleased for us as a family I think, because I always used to say to them, ‘Oh, do you remember before I did BBC Breakfast?’









“And they’d say, ‘Not really.’ And then I realised that actually, my daughters are 20 and 17, so of course they don’t remember life before BBC Breakfast.

“I’ve not taken my daughters to school every single day for their schooling life, so I am looking forward to doing more school runs.

“And I’m really looking forward to those things like those Sunday night dramas, which I’d love to be watching but haven’t been watching because I need to go to bed. So, there’s a shared experience that I’m really looking forward to being able to have with them.



Louise made her debut on the show in 2001
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“Plus I have got no excuses now, I’m really looking forward to being a super taxi for the kids, which is great. And I am actually genuinely really looking forward to being able to do that!”

She highlighted seeing the Olympic torch arrive at Lands End in 2012 as a favourite moment as well as highlighting how proud she felt about a more recent series of segments on the programme talking about menopause where she received huge feedback and positive messages from viewers.

Earlier this week Louise also admitted the thing she would miss most were the viewers who had sent her thousands of messages over the years.



Louise is leaving BBC Breakfast after 20 years.




She said: “The one thing of course I will miss really more than anything is the hugely loyal, supportive, wonderful, welcoming breakfast viewers.

“I feel like a part of this huge family, and especially in the last few months when I’ve said I’m going to leave. I’ve been inundated with lovely, lovely messages, and I’ll really miss that.”

On the eve of her exit, co-host Dan Walker posted a series of photos of the pair together on Twitter.









He said: “I can’t believe it has come about so quickly After 5-and-a-half years sharing a sofa with this wonderful woman… tomorrow is Louise Minchin’s last day on BBC Breakfast. I hope you can join us to say goodbye.”

A replacement for Louise, who hosted BBC Breakfast Monday- Wednesday with Dan Walker, is expected to be named in the coming weeks.

*BBC Breakfast airs on BBC1 daily from 6am.

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