Louise Minchin, 53, admitted her decision to leave BBC Breakfast after 20 years was a “long time coming”. The presenter hosted her last show on Wednesday, and it was an emotional one to say the least.
It involved lots of in-depth discussion with friends and family
But despite the sadness of leaving the job, her colleagues and friends and the daunting thought of moving on, there’s no question that she feels it was the right decision to make.
“This has been a decision a long time coming,” Louise said in a new interview.
“It involved lots of in-depth discussion with friends and family.”
She went on to detail how she’s looking forward to being able to spending more time with her daughters now she’s free of the unsociable hours.
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“My children are pleased for us as a family, I think, because I always used to say to them, ‘Oh, do you remember before I did BBC Breakfast?’” she explained.
“And they’d say, ‘Not really.’ And then I realised that, actually, my daughters are 20 and 17, so of course they don’t remember life before BBC Breakfast.
“I’ve not taken my daughters to school every single day for their schooling life, so I am looking forward to school runs.
“And I’m really looking forward to things like those Sunday night dramas, which I’d love to be watching but haven’t been because I need to go to bed.”
Louise smiled as she added: “So there’s a shared experience that I’m really looking forward to being able to have with them.
“Plus I’ve got no excuses now. I’m really looking forward to being a super taxi for the kids, which is great. And I am actually genuinely really looking forward to being able to do that!”
While there were lots of reasons behind her choice to leave the red sofa, Louise spoke of one that really pushed her to go.
She revealed she decided she was going to step down from her role as co-host alongside Dan Walker, around six months ago as Britain came out of lockdown and winter.
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But as we head back into the colder months, in a new interview, she admitted she couldn’t face another period of gloomy morning alarm calls.
“I find the early morning really difficult and another winter of the dark mornings was not what I wanted to do anymore,” she shrugged.
“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.”
She went on to explain that due to a previous ankle injury, she had to take off around four weeks to recover from surgery.
“In December I’d taken three, four weeks off work because of an ankle operation,” she explained.
“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.
“So yeah, I think it was coming out of winter into this period that the decision was made.”
Louise continued to tell The Mirror: “Also because of Covid we had holidays at home and if I’m left to my own devices in my own home, I actually go to bed about midnight and wake up about nine in the morning.
“That’s the natural way my body works. So I think it made me realise that actually I particularly really struggle with the hours… I have found them really hard.”
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