Louise Minchin was left overwhelmed on her final BBC Breakfast broadcast as co-host Dan Walker read out messages from viewers who praised her and told her they’d miss her
Louise Minchin was left feeling emotional – and a little embarrassed – as she was showered with praise on her final day at BBC Breakfast.
After 20 years on the sofa, Louise is leaving the show today.
But before she departed, Dan took the opportunity to pass on some gushing messages from viewers who wanted to tell Louise about the difference they’d made in her life and how much they’d miss her.
As they sat on the sofa, Dan read out some messages from viewers for Louise.
He told her: “For once, Louise, I’m not interested in any of your inside pages because I wanted to read some messages that we’ve had.”
He added that while there was lots of news to bring viewers this morning, he also wanted to reflect on Louise’s 20 years on the programme.
He began: “Ann says ‘thank you for being such a lovely presenter and a face of compassion and reason, I wish you every joy in your next project’.
“Lisa says ‘you’ve lifted me up on so many mornings when I’ve felt down. Good luck, Louise with whatever you do, we’ll miss you terribly’.
“Kevin says ‘I met you in a shop once, you were so natural and so pleasant and just as nice as you are on TV. Whatever the future brings, be happy, enjoy your sport and enjoy your time with your family and thanks for your part in the success in BBC Breakfast’.”
After reading out more messages that praised Louise, she got a little emotional, especially when one fan told her she was a great example to young journalists hoping to find their way in the industry.
An overwhelmed Louise said: “There’s so many things to say, but first of all it’s the people, it’s the people who watch, thank you all so much for your huge support, particularly over the last two years, it’s been really tough and I’ve felt we’re all part of a story together, a shared history and it’s been amazing to be here.
“There are so many messages and I’m kind of embarrassed and humbled and tearful when I read them, but there’s that sense that some people have literally grown up watching me and I feel really privileged to have been in that position and to have worked here all those years.
“There have been tough days and tough stories, but it’s been amazing and I’m really genuinely touched by all those things people have said and it’s a bit embarrassing.”
* BBC Breakfast airs on BBC One from 6am