BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker says Louise Minchin exit ‘feels like a break-up’

BBC Breakfast’sDan Walker has spoken out about his co-star Louise Minchin’s decision to step down from the morning show after more than 20 years.

Louise announced that she would be leaving the programme on Tuesday morning, stunning millions of viewers across the country as she decreed: "I have decided it is time I stopped setting my alarm for 03:40 in the morning."

And it appears her co-star Dan is following in fans’ footsteps as he shared an emotional tribute to his co-presenter.

Taking to Instagram, Dan posted a huge photoset stuffed to the gills with photos of him and Louise through the years of their breakfast TV presenting stint.

In one, the dynamic duo hilariously pose on the BBC Breakfast couch with their heads wrapped in fluffy white towels, both wearing sunglasses.

In another, the presenters look decidedly summery as they pull hilarious faces for the camera.

"This feels like a break-up," Dan captioned the post with a crying emoji.

He continued: "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.

"As with everything she does… Louise announced her departure from the show with dignity and class."

Dan added: “We will all miss her enormously. My life will be poorer without my TV partner. She’s the best."

And taking to Twitter, Dan dubbed Louise a "great friend", and said: "Enjoy your lie-ins!"

Fans were quick to share their love with both Louise and Dan in the comments, with DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles posting: "What? No! That can’t happen!

"I didn’t know that she was leaving. Good grief. That’s a great loss for BBC in the mornings."

Meanwhile, Morning Live presenter Gethin Jones added: "Absolutely love her…"

Louise announced her departure in a statement on Tuesday’s BBC Breakfast, as she said: "So, everybody, there is something I wanted to tell you about.

"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.

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"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."

She added: "I wanted to thank everyone who is watching for your loyalty and your support over all those years."

Since the announcement, Louise has received plenty of emotional tributes – including a video message from Line of Duty actor Stephen Graham, who was "devastated" by her decision to leave.

"Thank you so much for all your kind messages, they are much appreciated xxx", the presenter tweeted in response.

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