BBC Breakfast host pays tribute to old friend Louise Minchin

BBC Breakfast host pays tribute to old friend Louise Minchin

Louise Minchin returns to BBC Breakfast

BBC Breakfast hosts Nina Warhurst and Jon Kay were thrilled to see their former co-star Louise Minchin on Wednesday, two years after she left the show.

Jon paid a tribute to his “old friend”, while Nina told Louise: “We miss you.”

Before welcoming Louise onto the red sofa, Jon told Carol Kirkwood: “You are going to enjoy our next item because one of our old friends is coming back.”

“Yes, Lou,” Carol beamed as Jon continued: “Louise Minchin…part of the Breakfast family for many years is returning in the next few minutes with some rather exciting news.”

Nina chipped in: “I can’t believe she’s been away for two years. Time flies. We’ve missed you, Louise.”

Before showing a clip of the adventures Louise had been on, Nina said: “She’s embarked on incredible adventures with some extraordinary women.

“Ice diving in Finland, hiking across the Peak District as you do, she’s written about it all in her new book.

“Let’s have a look at some of the stuff Louise has been up to.”

As they spoke about the challenges and fears Louise has faced since leaving BBC Breakfast, Louise opened up about what prompted her to do it.

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Jon said: “At the beginning of the book you talk about where your idea for the book came from…”

She shared: “I mean, everybody who watched me and thank you so much, I have had so many lovely messages since I left Breakfast.

“Everybody [who] watches will know that I took up sport late because of BBC Breakfast, and I’m really passionate about the power and the transformative power of sport and I love endurance stories.

“I love those stories of braveness and endeavour, and being here I was really lucky I’d interviewed lots of amazing people who had climbed the highest mountains and run across deserts.”

Louise continued: “And I was sitting in makeup one day, and we were doing another interview with a man who was doing an incredible challenge.

“And I just thought, mostly when I’m doing these stories, I’m always talking to men. Where are the women?

“Well, the book is the answer to that question, and here are just two of them.

“And I just literally started thinking about it and sort of thinking who I could have in the book and I was just inundated, and everybody who’s watching, please send me more ideas because I’m sure there’s more space to do Fearless Two.”

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.

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