Louise Minchin bids farewell to BBC Breakfast co-star before addressing replacement

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Louise Minchin, who announced her departure from BBC Breakfast in July, has penned a heartfelt goodbye to another colleague, Ayo Bakare. He worked alongside the news presenter as a TV producer on the morning programme.

The former BBC Sports journalist shared the news on Twitter yesterday.

Taking to the micro-blogging site, Ayo explained that he has made the decision to quit, but added it had been a “fun ride”.

He penned: “PROFESSIONAL NEWS ALERT… Yep, I’m doing one of those.

“After 16 fun-filled years, I’ve decided to leave the BBC in October, to jump into freelancing.

“Thanks to all the editors & producers, I’ve worked with over the years, who have helped me learn & grow. It’s been a ride.”

Ayo was soon inundated with replies to his candid message, with Louise being one of the first to reply.

In view of her 217,000 followers, she penned: “Good luck it’s been a pleasure working with you.”

Other colleagues joined Louise in reacting to the news, as BBC News correspondent Rajini Vaidyanathan wrote: “You’ve been amazing. Sad the BBC is losing you. But bigger things await I’m sure. Best of luck Ayo!!!!”

Presenter Ricky Boleto said: “Ayo, you’ve always been a pleasure to work with. Best of luck fella.”

Meanwhile, Louise will also be venturing into new territory after she announced her last day on BBC Breakfast will be September 15.

After close to two decades on the news programme, the presenter made the decision to quit.

She recently responded to a viewer who quizzed the BBC host on a potential replacement.

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It comes after Louise reacted to an advertisement seeking a “chief presenter” to work alongside her co-stars Dan Walker, Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt.

While it had been tipped that Rachel Burden may takeover from Louise, there has been no confirmation of a potential replacement.

A Twitter user commented: “VERY – big shoes to fill.”

To which Louise cheekily replied: “Only size 5 and a half, honest.”

Meanwhile, Louise has celebrated a new milestone as the BBC Breakfast host celebrated her birthday.

The on-screen star turned 53 today and received a very sweet gift from an unknown admirer.

Taking to Twitter, she shared a snap of a large bouquet of flowers.

Louise wrote: “Thanks too, to the person who sent me these, what a lovely way to brighten up my birthday and the make-up room.”

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.

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