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Dan Walker has made a gushing tribute to his BBC Breakfast co-star Louise Minchin who has bowed out of the early morning TV show after 20 years.
The 44-year-old early morning news reporter sounded bereft over the news that 52-year-old Louise is quitting the red sofa after two decades.
And indeed, he declared that the news of Louise's departure from the show – which she has hosted since 2012 – was akin to a break-up.
Taking to Twitter after Louise told the news she would be unplugging her morning alarm clock, Dan – who has hosted BBC Breakfast since 2016 – suggested he will struggle to continue in his own role without Louise’s guidance.
Dan Walker has been left saddened by the news that BBC Breakfast co-host Louise Minchin is quitting the show
He wrote; “This feels like a break-up. What am I going to do without Louise?
“Thank you for all the lovely messages after an emotional morning on #BBCBreakfast – I’m sure Louise will get to read them all later.
“My life will be poorer without her on the sofa. She’s the best.”
Louise is saying goodbye to the early morning starts on the BBC
Louise Minchin quits BBC Breakfast after 20 years in emotional on-air announcement
His update followed an earlier posting where he praised Louise for her resignation announcement which aired on the BBC in the morning.
Dan tweeted: “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.”
On the show, Louise declared: “So everybody, there is something I wanted to tell you about.
Louise sounded pretty thrilled to be unplugging her alarm clock and leaving Dan behind in her on-air resignation announcement
“It will be, this year, 20 years since I first presented this program. And since then I have felt part of a huge, enormous BBC Breakfast family which includes everyone who works here, everyone in the team and every one of you who watches the program.
“I’ve loved being part of it, but – there is a but, [Dan] know’s about the but – I have decided that it is time I stopped setting my alarm for 3:40, sometimes when I’m feeling really rebellious, 3:46 in the morning, and I’m going to be leaving the program.
“I wanted to thank everyone who is watching for your loyalty and your support over all those years.”