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BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin has announced she's leaving the show after 20 years.
The 52-year-old British journalist has been a regular anchor on the BBC One programme Breakfast for two decades, co-hosting the show three days a week with Dan Walker.
Confirming the news during Tuesday's show, an emotional Louise told viewers watching at home: "I'm just going to take a deep breath for this.
"So everybody, something I just wanted to tell you about. It will be this year 20 years since I first presented this programme and since then I've felt like part of a huge enormous BBC Breakfast family, which includes everyone who works here."
She continued: "Everyone on the team and everyone of you who watches the programme. I've loved being part of it but. There is a but.
"I have decided that it is time that I stop setting my alarm for 3:40 in the morning and I am going to be leaving the programme."
Louise first presented the show in 2001 and moved with the famous red sofa to Media City in Salford as a lead presenter in 2012.
During her time on BBC Breakfast, Louise has reported on major global news stories from the last two decades including the last three general elections, Brexit, the worldwide Covid 19 pandemic, the Manchester Arena bombings and the aftermath of the Bataclan Theatre attacks, live from Paris.
In 2019 she fronted the programme’s ground-breaking Wake Up To Menopause campaign and she took up endurance sport after competing in a BBC Breakfast Christmas cycling challenge.
She has also gone onto compete internationally for the GB triathlon team in her age-group.
Along with interviewing the UK’s main political and party leaders, career highlights on the show include interviewing Sir David Attenborough, the Duchess of Cambridge, Billie Eilish, Jeff Goldblum, George Clooney, and Angelina Jolie and Joanna Lumley.
Speaking about her decision, Louise said in a statement: "I have absolutely loved being part of the 6 million strong BBC Breakfast family but after nearly two decades presenting the programme, I have decided it is time I stopped setting my alarm for 0340 in the morning.
"I will take so many memories with me, including reporting on the shock and anguish of the Manchester Arena bombing; starting a national conversation about Menopause; and the life-changing moment I took part in the Breakfast Christmas Cycling Challenge which inspired my ongoing passion for endurance sport, which I will continue when I leave.
"A big thank you to everyone who has watched and supported me, I have loved it and I will miss you all."
BBC Breakfast Editor, Richard Frediani added:: "Millions of viewers have regularly woken up with Louise for 20 years and welcomed her and BBC Breakfast into their homes.
"We will miss her brilliant journalism, good humour and boundless energy. She has been a tremendous BBC Breakfast colleague on and off screen and will always be a friend to the team."
Paying tribute to Louise on his official Twitter account, her co-star Dan Walker penned: "As with everything she does… Louise announces her departure from the show with dignity and class.
"We will all miss her enormously at #BBCBreakfast. She is not only wonderful at her job… she is a great friend. Enjoy your lie-ins @louiseminchin."
BBC Breakfast fans have also paid tribute to Louise on the social media platform.
One fan penned: "Wow! Good luck @louiseminchin We will miss you on our early screens, but I know you won't miss the alarm! Be happy xx
Another added: "Oh my goodness she is the best presenter!! Will miss her as she is a main stay of the program. Good wishes for your future."
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A third person posted: "You will be missed. You and Dan are my favourite Breakfast 'couple'."
While a fourth viewer wrote: "Gutted to hear you're leaving but so grateful for all the mornings you've woken me up.
"You'll be missed enormously but good luck for whatever you do next. Hope you get chance to sit next to Dan properly again before you leave."
BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am
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