Louise Minchin quitting BBC Breakfast ‘feels like a break-up’ for co-star Dan Walker

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BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker, 44, has taken to social media to say that he feels like he’s going through a “break-up” after his co-host of five years Louise Minchin, 52, revealed that she is leaving her presenting role on the show. Earlier today the newsreader announced that she is stepping down from her role after 20 years, saying that she’s “decided it’s time”.

This feels like a break-up

Dan Walker

Taking to Instagram, the presenter revealed to his 181,000 followers that Louise’s departure felt like a romantic split.

He wrote: “This feels like a break-up,” following by a laughing emoji.

“What am I going to do without Louise?”

The star went on to thank fans for their support while applauding his co-star for her dignified exit from the breakfast show.

“Thank you for all the lovely messages after an emotional morning on #BBCBreakfast – I’m sure Louise will get to read them all later,” he promised fans.

Dan continued: “As with everything she does… Louise announced her departure from the show with dignity and class.”

The BBC host became emotional adding that his life will be “poorer” without his on-screen TV partner by his side.

“We will all miss her enormously,” he added.

“My life will be poorer without my TV partner. She’s the best,” he ended the post.

The duo have presented BBC Breakfast together for five years, but the mother-of-two has 20 years of experience fronting the news programme.

Louise first presented the popular morning show in 2001 and moved with the programme from London to Media City in Salford as lead presenter in 2012.

During her time on the show she has 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.

Dan began live on air: “We have some rather significant breakfast news coming your way. I say we, but Louise…”

“Just going to take a little bit of a deep breath,” Louise replied. “So, everybody, it’s 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 have felt part of a huge, enormous BBC Breakfast family who includes everyone who works here, everyone on the team, and every one of you who watches the programme.”

Louise continued: “I have loved being part of it but there is a but. You know about the but. I have decided it is time that I stop setting my alarm for 3.40am, sometimes when I’m feeling really rebellious, 3.46am in the morning, and I am going to be leaving the programme.

“It’s not going to be for a while but just before anything else I just wanted to thank everybody who is watching for your loyalty, your support over all those years, I have loved being par of it, I really will miss it but it is time now to stop that alarm in the morning,” she added.

Louise finished: “Thank you for watching all of those years as well.”

“It’s big news for Louise and I’m sure that’s probably big news for a lot of you watching as well,” Dan added.

After a probe from Dan, Louise promised a leaving party for “sometime after the summer”.

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