BBC Breakfast's Louise Minchin announces exit after 20 years

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Photo credit: David M. Benett/Dave Benett - Getty Images
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BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin has confirmed when her final day will be, having announced that she was quitting back in June.

The television host, who has been a part of the morning news show since 2001, revealed that she'll be occupying one side of the red sofa for the last time on September 15 during today's broadcast (Wednesday, September 1).

"I said I was going to leave, didn't I, after the summer? I'm not going today, but I am going to be leaving this programme on the 15th of September, so I think it's two weeks," she told colleague Dan Walker, as well as the viewers back home.

Photo credit: David M. Benett/Dave Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett/Dave Benett - Getty Images

"So that's only six programmes left?" Walker replied, as she joked: "Very good maths, yeah. Not that you and I have both been counting or anything."

"This is quite big though, Louise, because how long have you done Breakfast for again?" Walker noted.

"Well, it would have been 20 years in December this year, so it's a big change and honestly, still, when that alarm goes off every morning, I'm like, 'Ugh' – that's the thing I'm most looking forward to," Minchin chuckled.

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Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

"Has there been any point since you said you were going to leave where you thought, 'Ooh, have I made the wrong choice? I might just stay around for a bit longer,'" Walker asked.

"I promise you, if I told that to our boss, he'd be like, 'What?!' No, honestly, I know 100% that it's the right thing for me to do," she explained. "Of course, there's a huge amount of nerves and I'm having the most extreme, extraordinarily vivid anxiety dreams that are keeping me awake, but you've got lots of things to look forward to."

Finally, Walker wondered aloud as to what Minchin will go on to do next, to which she said she's looking forward to taking some time off to rest and doing lots of other things that she enjoys.

"I'm planning some really long swims, and getting back into running," she concluded.

BBC Breakfast airs weekday mornings on BBC One


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