‘End of an era!’ Louise Minchin reacts as BBC Breakfast colleague bids emotional farewell

BBC Breakfast: Louise Minchin announces date she’s leaving

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BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin has taken to Twitter to respond to her colleague Richard Frediani, after he branded the upcoming week “an end of an era” ahead of her exit from the programme on Wednesday. Richard, who is the editor of BBC Breakfast, shared a photo of Louise in the show’s studio while perched on the iconic red sofa.

He penned in view of his 14,000 followers: “It’s the end of an era this week on @BBCBreakfast as @louiseminchin presents her final three shows after nearly 20 years on the red sofa on the UK’s most watched morning show. 

“Join us from 6am,” he added, alongside crying face emojis.

Appreciating Richard’s sweet farewell message, Louise, who hosts the programme with Dan Walker, retweeted it in view of her 218,000 followers.

The star went on to respond by revealing how she will be “preparing” for her last day.

The presenter explained she had looked down memory lane before getting ready to host her final show.

Louise wrote: “I am preparing by looking back at all my photos from the red sofa, thinking about; the news stories I have covered, reporting through a pandemic, the incredible guests we have had, our brilliant loyal #BBCBreakfast audience and our fabulous team. 

“I will brace myself!” She admitted.

Fans took to the comments section of her post to share their thoughts on the pair’s moving exchange.


One person wrote: “I even have it on our family calendar that you’re leaving on Wednesday! Can’t bear the thought of you not being there. Many thanks for bringing us joy every morning especially in your relationship with Dan!”

Another added: “I suspect that I am one of many of your viewers who feel that we know you. You’ll be sorely missed. Good luck with whatever’s next. Thank you for keeping us informed as well as entertained.”

A third fan commented: “Good luck as you enter a new phase in your life. New beginnings.”

A fourth replied: “You will be much missed from the show. Good luck for your final week and for your future plans.”

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It comes after Louise’s co-star Dan revealed on his Instagram he could be a “touch emotional” by the time he has to say a final goodbye to his colleague.

Dan posted a heartfelt message to his on-screen partner over the weekend.

Sharing a funny selfie of the pair, the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 contestant wrote: “Final week working with the amazing @louiseminchin on #BBCBreakfast.

“It’s going to be very strange without her after 5 and a half years. It might be a touch emotional by Wednesday.

“See you nice and early in the morning on BBC1.”

The mum of two left viewers stunned back in June after she shared she would be leaving BBC Breakfast for good.

She said: “There’s something I wanted to tell you about. It will be, this year, 20 years since I first presented this programme and since then I’ve felt part of a huge, enormous BBC Breakfast family, which includes everyone who works here, every one of the team and every one of you who watches the programme.

“I’ve loved being a part of it. But, there is a but, you know about the but, I’ve decided that 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’m going to be leaving the programme.

“It’s not going to be for a while and just before anything else I wanted to thank everyone who is watching for your loyalty, for your support over all those years, I have absolutely loved being part of it, I will really miss it but it is time now to stop.”

She added: “My children can’t remember a time when I wasn’t working on the programme.”

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