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Louise Minchin leaves BBC Breakfast after 20 years and makes emotional on-air statement

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BBC Breakfast viewers suffered an emotional blow on Tuesday morning as Louise Minchin announced she is leaving the programme after nearly 20 years on screen.

Louise and her co-host Dan Walker were visibly emotional as they broke the news to viewers, with Louise beginning: "Let me take a deep breath, everybody there is something I want to tell you about."

Announcing the news officially, she said: "I have absolutely loved being part of the six 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 03.40 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.”

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