BBC Breakfast stars throw Louise Minchin farewell bash ahead of emotional exit

BBC Breakfast star Louise Minchin is leaving the show after 16 years so her co-stars threw her a fabulous farewell bash to mark her time at the station.

The broadcaster's last day on the famous red sofa will be on Wednesday, September 15.

Fellow stars Dan Walker, Naga Munchetty, Charlie Stayt, Carol Kirkwood and Steph McGovern showed a montage of the 53-year-old’s best moments over the years.

Louise then shared a snap of the emotional moment on Instagram.

She wrote: “Not many early mornings left until I leave my wonderful friends and colleagues at #BBCBreakfast.

"And for old times’ sake, I had to stand and have a picture all made up and ready before my early leaving party!"

Louise added: "That was fun!"

The TV star announced that she would be leaving BBC Breakfast in a statement read on air earlier this year.

Her former colleague Steph, 39, said Louise will “smash it” on Twitter and wished her well for the next chapter.

She wrote: "Lovely to see everyone at Lou’s leaving do. A reminder of all the fun we had on @BBCBreakfast.

"Good luck and thanks for everything honey #TVfamily."

It is unclear yet who will replace Louise, who presented the show with Dan Walker.

The mum-of-two, who came second on Celebrity Masterchef in 2016, is a seasoned broadcaster and has also presented The One Show, Sunday Lives and Real Rescues.

When asked what she is planning to do now she does not have to get up before dawn every day, Louise said: "That alarm goes off, and I think 'oh no', that's the thing I'm most looking forward to.

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"I'm planning some space to sleep, some really long swims.

"Of course there's a huge amount of nerves, and I'm having the most extraordinarily vivid anxiety dreams which are keeping me awake, they're unpublishable!"

In other BBC Breakfast news, yesterday fans were disgruntled due to the unadulterated coverage of teen tennis star Emma Raducanu.

They moaned that there were other things going on in the world besides the US Open.

However, the 18-year-old protege from Bromley, south London, went on to exceed all expectations and overnight won the prestigious tennis competition – the first British female to do so in 44 years.

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One from 6am

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