Carol Kirkwood’s tearful farewell to BBC Breakfast co-star as viewer hints at replacement

Louise Minchin announces she's leaving BBC Breakfast

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Louise Minchin announced it was time to leave BBC Breakfast after 20 years as the broadcaster shared the news on the programme. Carol Kirkwood, who has worked alongside the presenter for two decades, reacted to the news in a Twitter post.

The 59-year-old appeared lost for words over as she took to the micro-blogging site.

The weather forecaster reacted to a post from Breakfast’s official Twitter account following the announcement.

The post began with a quote from Louise which read: “’I have decided it is time I stopped setting my alarm for 0340 in the morning.’’’

It went on: “Presenter Louise Minchin has revealed she is stepping down after more than 20 years on #BBCBreakfast

“Louise told millions of viewers this morning that she is leaving later this year.”

Carol responded to the post, with a series of crying emojis followed by a kiss.

It wasn’t long before a social media user quizzed the meteorologist about stepping up as a possible replacement for the role.

The person in question wrote: “Sad News. But does that mean there’s a Carol-shaped space on the sofa?”

Other social media users appeared to agree, as another commented: “Oh no! Missed the announcement. Is it immediate or will we get a chance to see her before she leaves? She always brightens up our mornings. Promotion for the lovely Carol Kirkwood?”

While a third added: “A seat on the sofa for Carol?”

Carol did not react to the speculation as the Breakfast team is yet to announce Louise’s replacement.

The broadcaster also confirmed that she will continue to front Breakfast for the rest of the summer.


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Announcing the sad news, Louise said: “Just going to take a little bit of a deep breath. So, everybody, it’s something I just wanted to tell you about.

“It will be this year 20 years since I first presented this programme and since then I have felt part of a huge, enormous BBC Breakfast family who includes everyone who works here everyone on the team, and every one of you who watches the programme.

“I have loved being part of it but there is a but. You know about the but. I have decided 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 am going to be leaving programme.”

She added: “It’s not going to be for a while but just before anything else I just wanted to thank everybody who is watching for your loyalty, your support over all those years.

“I have loved being part of it, I really will miss it but it is time now to stop that alarm in the morning.”

Louise first presented the popular morning show in 2001 and moved with the programme from London to Media City in Salford as a lead presenter in 2012.

In 2019 she fronted the programme’s ground-breaking Wake Up To Menopause campaign and she took up endurance sport after competing in a BBC Breakfast Christmas cycling challenge.

She has gone onto compete internationally for the GB triathlon team in her age-group.

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.

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