LOUISE Minchin broke down in tears as she hosted BBC Breakfast for the final time instantly.
The presenter, 53, first appeared on the broadcaster’s flagship morning information show in 2001 and joked she was leaving to flee the gruelling early begins.
Her co-host Dan Walker kicked off her farewell by taking her exterior blindfolded – to reveal a crowd gathered around her carrying masks emblazoned collectively together with her face.
She was carried out a video montage exhibiting highlights from her 20 years on show.
Louise acknowledged she was “embarrassed and humbled and tearful” by the messages.
Addressing viewers, she acknowledged: “Thank you so much for your huge support. I think particularly over the last two years as well. It’s been really tough, hasn’t it, and I’ve felt we’re all part of a story together, a shared history and it’s been amazing to be here.”
I actually really feel really privileged to have been in that place and have labored proper right here all these years
Louise added: “Some people have really grown up watching me, as they’re saying.
“And I actually really feel really privileged to have been in that place and have labored proper right here all these years.
“There have been tough days, there have been tough stories. But it’s been amazing and I’m really, genuinely touched by all those things that people have said.”
Today she revealed her BBC cross had already been deactivated and she was locked out of the office.
The presenter confirmed in June that she might be leaving the programme.
Speaking to the Mirror this week about her decision, Louise acknowledged: “I uncover the early morning really robust and one different winter of the darkish mornings was not what I wanted to do anymore.
“I just thought, ‘I can’t face another winter’, because I’ve worked out over the last 20 years there’s about six weeks in the year when I go to work and it’s light, and those are the six weeks that I find the easiest.”
Louise has lined a string of primary world information tales all through her time on BBC Breakfast, along with regular elections, Brexit, the coronavirus pandemic and terror assaults.
She has moreover interviewed well-known faces along with the Duchess of Cambridge, singer Billie Eilish and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
In 2019, she hosted the Wake Up To Menopause advertising marketing campaign after detailing how she suffered scorching flushes whereas presenting dwell TV.
She moreover took up endurance sport after competing in a BBC Breakfast Christmas biking drawback and has gone on to compete internationally for the GB triathlon workers in her age group.