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BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin breaks down in tears as she hosts show for final time

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LOUISE Minchin broke down in tears as she was met with various surprises on her final day hosting BBC Breakfast. The presenter, 53, first appeared on the broadcaster's flagship morning news show in 2001 and joked she was leaving to escape the gruelling early starts.

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.

Addressing viewers, she said: "Thank you so much for your huge support. I think particularly over the last two years as well.

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