Mike Bushell breaks silence on co-star Louise Minchin quitting BBC Breakfast ‘Goodness me’

Mike Bushell breaks silence on co-star Louise Minchin quitting BBC Breakfast ‘Goodness me’

06/08/2021

Louise Minchin announces she's leaving BBC Breakfast

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Mike Bushell, 55, has shared his sadness at BBC Breakfast colleague Louise Minchin, 52, quitting the show. The amateur triathlete announced on the air it was time to say goodbye to her 3.45am alarm after 20 years appearing on the show.

We will miss you so much

Mike Bushell

Mike, who joined the show back in 2006, shared a clip of Louise’s announcement on BBC Breakfast and typed: “Wow goodness me. We will miss you so much and part of the Breakfast family forever.”(sic)

In response, viewers shared their sadness over the 52-year-old’s decision to depart the show.

One said: “Nooooo! I only watch BBC Breakfast when Louise and Dan are on, no disrespect to anyone! But you being the perfect balance of seriousness and also an everyday joy and laughter that we all very much need. You will be much missed.”(sic)

Another replied: “@louiseminchin and @mrdanwalker have been my go-to news people during this past year working from home. Louise, you’ll be missed and a hard act to follow. Good luck in all you do in the future.”

A third commented: “The friendship between @mrdanwalker and @louiseminchin just makes the news more watchable.  The red sofa is not going to be the same without you Louise. Good luck with everything.x.”

While a fourth shared: “I am shocked and so sorry to hear the news that @louiseminchin is leaving the programme.  She has so often brightened up my day before it started – even when the news of the day is not nice at all. Thank you  @louiseminchin.”

Louise has left viewers stunned after she shared she would be leaving the show but thankfully it would not be for “a while”.

She said: “There’s something I wanted to tell you about. It will be, this year, 20 years since I first presented this programme and since then I’ve felt part of a huge, enormous BBC Breakfast family, which includes everyone who works here, every one of the team and every one of you who watches the programme.

 

“I’ve loved being a part of it. But, there is a but, you know about the but, I’ve decided that it is time that I stop setting my alarm for 3.40am, sometimes when I’m feeling really rebellious 3.46am in the morning and I’m going to be leaving the programme.

“It’s not going to be for a while and just before anything else I wanted to thank everyone who is watching for your loyalty, for your support over all those years, I have absolutely loved being part of it, I will really miss it but it is time now to stop.”

Louise shared she would be exiting sometime after the summer but “the date is not set in stone”.

She added: “My children can’t remember a time when I wasn’t working on the programme.”

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Louise also reflected on the day she got a call at 2am saying something had happened in Manchester.

She was told a bomb had gone off at the Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concert on May 22 2017.

Her co-host Dan Walker shared: “I knew you were good, but that day I saw you were amazing. That is your superpower.

“You’re always able to tell heartbreaking news in a really gentle, careful and kind way.

“There are very few people who can do that and that’s why you’ll be sorely missed on this programme.”

Louise says she will continue with her podcast, with her extreme sport and will be “having lots of lie-ins”.

Dan said: “From a personal perspective my life will be a lot poorer without you.”

“You are not only a star you are fantastic at your job, you’re brilliant to work with but you’re also a great friend.”

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