Naga Munchetty and Bill Turnbull pay tribute to Louise Minchin as she leaves BBC Breakfast after 20 years

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BBC Breakfast stars Naga Munchetty and Bill Turnbull gave their colleague and friend Louise Minchin a heartfelt send off on her last programme.

Louise, 52, left Breakfast after 20 years and was given a special tribute from co-star Dan Walker towards the end of the show on Wednesday.

After a chaotic start on Wednesday morning when her BBC entry pass stopped working, she was shown a video charting her best bits on the programme and elsewhere as former guests shared their messages of support.

To the tune of I’m Every Woman by Chaka Khan, the clip included lovely words from the likes of Rick Astley, Darcey Bussell and Michael Ball.

Current Breakfast hosts Naga and Charlie Stayt appeared, as did former Breakfast newsreader Bill.

Naga told her former colleague: ‘Your strength, your determination, your utter brilliance as a triathlete and woman – I think you’re brilliant. I think you’re gonna carry on being brilliant away from here.’

Charlie added: ‘I hope you have the most fantastic morning this morning, it has always been an absolute joy doing BBC Breakfast with you. Good luck.’

Naga appeared in a special goodbye video (Picture: BBC)

The last person to appear in the video was Bill, who said Louise will ‘always be my friend’.

‘So, Louise Minchin, let me tell you what those words mean to me. A truly great, professional sofa partner who always had a smile on her face. Well, most of the time,’ he began.

‘An amazing, amazing athlete and I’m proud to have helped inspire you by letting you win when we raced against each other.

Bill said Louise will ‘always be my friend’ (Picture: BBC)

Charlie Stayt appeared riding an exercise bike (Picture: BBC)

‘But most of all I think of a warm, sunny person who will always be my friend. So from all of us who have been with you over the past 20 years watching and working, we want to wish you the very, very best.’

During the closing moments of the episode Louise thanked her Breakfast ‘family’.

‘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.’

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She 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.’

Breakfast airs weekdays from 6am on BBC One.

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