Louise Minchin reveals last-day drama on BBC Breakfast show

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Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images
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Today (Wednesday 15 September) marked Louise Minchin’s last day presenting BBC Breakfast after a staggering 20 years and after all this time, you think it would have gone off without a hitch. Yet, the 53-year-old couldn’t help revealing that she’d in fact had some drama in the lead up to the final show.

Ahead of going live, she tweeted a final sofa selfie and wrote: "Good morning and thank you for all your love support and messages xxxx last #sofaselfie #BBCBreakfast,".

As the show began, Dan, her co-presenter of the last five years, asked her how she was feeling and Louise couldn’t resist a quip.

"Well, it's going really well so far. I walked into the building, and guess what? My pass doesn't work already," she said laughing.

"You know what the BBC's like Louise. And you've struggled to log on to your computer, they've removed you from the system already. She's got one day left, come on!" Dan teased.

"I'm still in the system on the computer, but not for long. You'd think I'd have a pass until 9:15 am, wouldn't you?" Louise added.

Louise announced that she was quitting BBC Breakfast back in June. The presenter, who first fronted the show in 2001, announced the news live on air.

"So everybody, something I just wanted to tell you about," she began. "It will be 20 years this year since I first presented the programme. Since then I've felt part of a huge, enormous BBC Breakfast family, which includes everyone who works here – everyone on the team, everyone who watches the programme.

"I've loved being part of it, but I've decided it is time that I stopped setting my alarm for 3:40 – sometimes when I'm feeling very rebellious 3:46 in the morning – and I'm going to be leaving the programme.

As for what she plans to do next, Louise confirmed that she will continue to explore her passion for endurance sport, alongside writing a book on the topic and doing her podcast, adding that she was "most excited" to have lie-ins.

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