Louise Minchins co-star Dan Walker issues plea amid BBC Breakfast exit Dont leave me

BBC Breakfast: Louise Minchin is 'trying not to think about' last day

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Louise Minchin, 58, announced her departure from BBC Breakfast in June and will front her final show today. Dan Walker, 44, has hosted the news programme alongside his co-star for the past five years after he joined the infamous red sofa in 2016.

The Strictly Come Dancing contestant penned a heartbreaking message to Louise following her “penultimate” post.

It comes after she shared a candid snap of the presenting duo on Twitter yesterday.

In view of her 218,000 followers, Louise shared a selfie as she sat alongside her pal Dan.

She wrote: “Good morning, penultimate sofa selfie. Goodness me. I can’t quite believe it! #BBCBreakfast.”

Dan took the opportunity to retweet the selfie, in view of his 722,000 followers.

He penned: “DON’T LEAVE ME.”

It comes as Louise bids farewell to BBC Breakfast after two decades on the programme.

Her longtime colleague was not alone in feeling emotional about her show exit.

Fans flocked to comment, as viewer Gary tweeted: “BBC Breakfast is set to lose it’s sunshine!(sic)

“You have been fun to watch and managed to keep the team motivated with your infectious zest for life. Bless you and best wishes on your journey!”

Susan Waud commented: “Going to miss your warm and genuine smile, sense of humour and laughter. The sofa won’t be the same without you. Best wishes for your future ventures and enjoy your lay-ins.”

“Louise, you are going to be sadly missed on the sofa. Switching on to you (and Dan) in the morning sets off the day and it won’t be the same without. Good luck in your new venture,” Andrew Wilton remarked.

John Shaw added: “Hope you find an easier job with more sociable hours. You and Dan are a good broadcasting team. Take care lots of love.”


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After being a regular face on BBC Breakfast for the last 20 years, Louise announced that she will be leaving the programme.

Back in June, she told viewers that it was “time to stop the early morning alarm”.

Louise has been a long-serving presenter of the show since 2006 previously alongside Bill Turnbull and later Dan.

Addressing her exit, she began: “Let me take a deep breath, everybody there is something I want to tell you about.

“It will be this year 20 years since I first presented this programme.

“Since then I’ve felt part of a huge, enormous BBC Breakfast family which includes everyone who works here, everyone on the team and every one of you who watches the programme.”

She added: “I’ve loved being part of it but – there is a but – I’ve decided that is time that I stop setting my alarm for 3.40 – sometimes if I’m feeling really rebellious 3.46 in the morning – and I’m going to be leaving the programme.”

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.

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