Louise Minchin thanks BBC 'family' as she ends last show after 20 years

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Louise Minchin gave an emotional speech at the end of her last ever episode of Breakfast on BBC on Wednesday.

The journalist left the show after 20 years and was given a moving send off by co-star Dan Walker which saw some famous friends and her family send their love and support.

In the closing moments of the programme, which got off to a chaotic start as she found herself shut out of the building – the TV star gave her final thoughts on working with Dan over the last five years and thanked the viewers for always being there.

The 52-year-old told Dan: ‘Because of you I’ve actually stayed longer than I meant to. You always have my back.

‘A huge thank you this wonderful Breakfast team, you all work incredibly hard all of you, every single day of the year. I shall miss you terribly but the programme will carry on.’

Louise continued: ‘To everyone who is watching, thanks for watching all of these years. You are at the heart of everything that we do.

‘It’s been a privilege to sit here and report on our shared history. You’ve made me feel welcome in your homes and hearts.

‘I am part of the Breakfast family and always will be and I cannot thank you enough for your support, your love, your messages.

‘It has been an absolute pleasure. I will keep watching and I will still be watching. Thank you.’

Wednesday’s episode included a tribute video that featured the likes of Rick Astley, Rebecca Adlington, Naga Munchetty and Bill Turnbull.

They were also joined in the studio by Louise’s close friend Robert Rinder, her husband Dave and her dad.

Breakfast airs weekdays from 6am on BBC One.

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