BBC Breakfast's Louise Minchin reveals REAL reason she quit – with time off for operation her wake up call

BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin has revealed her recovery from an ankle operation planted the seed for her decision to quit the show after 20 years.

The broadcaster had time to reflect on her career in December when she was sidelined for a month recovering from the surgery.

It was then she realised she'd had enough of the very early starts she'd endured for the past two decades.

Speaking to the Mirror, she said: “I find the early morning really difficult and another winter of the dark mornings was not what I wanted 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.

“In December I’d taken three, four weeks off work because of an ankle operation and I had that period to realise that when I’m not getting up at 3:40am in the morning, I’m doing all sorts of things in the evening that I want to be doing – like just watching telly with my family, doing that kind of family stuff."

Louise added that when she is not working her body clock usually sees her go to bed at midnight and wake up at 9am.

She said her decision was met with happiness by her daughters, who are 20 and 17, and they are looking forward to spending more evenings with her.

The mum-of-two said she has no qualms being a taxi service for them having not been able to ferry them around for the entirety of her Breakfast career.

While she is ready to say goodbye, there were tears this morning when she hosted Breakfast for a final time.

Her co-star Dan Walker kicked off her farewell by taking her outside blindfolded – to reveal a crowd gathered around her wearing masks emblazoned with her face.

She was played a video montage showing highlights from her 20 years on screen.

Louise said she was "embarrassed and humbled and tearful" by the messages.


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