Louise Minchin has confirmed when her last day on BBC Breakfast will be, after stepping down from the role.
The presenter announced in June that she would be leaving her stint after almost 20 years on the iconic sofa, sharing her excitement for having a much-needed lie-in.
Side note: Who can blame her?!
Appearing on today’s instalment, beside Dan Walker, the 52-year-old announced her exit will be in just two weeks – meaning she only has six episodes left.
‘I said I was going to leave, didn’t I? After the summer. It’s not today, I’m not going today,’ she said.
‘I’m going to be leaving this programme on September 15, so I think it’s two weeks today.
‘It would’ve been 20 years in December this year, so 20 years since I very first started Breakfast.
‘It’s a big change, and honestly, still when that alarm goes off every morning, I’m like “Ohh!” So that’s the thing I’m most looking forward to.’
When Dan asked if she’d had second thoughts over her departure, she couldn’t help but laugh – and confessed that she had been having ‘extraordinarily vivid’ anxiety dreams over it.
‘It’s huge,’ Louise chuckled. ‘I’m absolutely, 100% [on the decision]. I know it’s the right thing for me to do.
‘Of course, there’s a huge amount of nerves etc, I’m having the most extraordinarily vivid anxiety dreams which are keeping me awake! They’re unpublishable!’
She also vowed that she would still be watching Breakfast, but is also revelling in being able to sleep in.
‘I’m planning some really long swims which I’m really looking forward to, and getting back to running, as well, because you know I had my injury last year, I’m still going back to trying to get running, back to marathons,’ she added.
While Louise will no longer be on the sofa, she vowed that she would be tuning in to watch Dan on Strictly Come Dancing – and promised that she would be voting for him.
Right on cue, fans rushed to Twitter to share their well-wishes for her future, and urged her to return to screens as soon as possible.
‘We will miss you! Please do something else on the BBC….something where you don’t have to get up at an unearthly hour,’ a fan posted.
‘Sad to see Louise go and wish her all the best. Hope she’ll be on our screens in some capacity in the not too distant future,’ another agreed.
A Twitter user commented: ‘Will miss Louise’s sunny disposition in the mornings…good luck Lou.’
As a follower added: ‘Good for Louise! You are a tonic with a fabulous chuckle.
‘Very difficult to replace…. Likability 10/10, great presenter. She will be missed.’
BBC Breakfast continues daily, from 6am, on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.