LOUISE Minchin broke down in tears as she hosted BBC Breakfast for the final time immediately.
The presenter, 53, first appeared on the broadcaster’s flagship morning news 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 disclose a crowd gathered round her carrying masks emblazoned together with her face.
She was performed a video montage exhibiting highlights from her 20 years on display.
Louise stated she was “embarrassed and humbled and tearful” by the messages.
Addressing viewers, she stated: “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 really feel actually privileged to have been in that place and have labored right here all these years
Louise added: “Some individuals have actually grown up watching me, as they are saying.
“And I really feel actually privileged to have been in that place and have labored 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 workplace.
The presenter confirmed in June that she can be leaving the programme.
Speaking to the Mirror this week about her resolution, Louise stated: “I discover the early morning actually tough and one other winter of the darkish mornings was not what I wished 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 main world news tales throughout her time on BBC Breakfast, together with normal elections, Brexit, the coronavirus pandemic and terror assaults.
She has additionally interviewed well-known faces together with the Duchess of Cambridge, singer Billie Eilish and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
In 2019, she hosted the Wake Up To Menopause marketing campaign after detailing how she suffered scorching flushes whereas presenting live TV.
She additionally took up endurance sport after competing in a BBC Breakfast Christmas biking problem and has gone on to compete internationally for the GB triathlon staff in her age group.