BBC Breakfast's Louise Minchin was forced to drop her presenting duties halfway through the show after falling ill on Wednesday morning. The news reader left fans concerned after she failed to return to the red sofas following a break. She was swiftly replaced by Sally Nugent.
Louise has explained her sudden departure, taking to Twitter to write: "Apologies for my sudden disappearance from the sofa, thanks for your messages, much appreciated. Paracetamol + tea and toast = much better. x."
A tweet from the BBC Breakfast account, posted earlier that morning, also explained the situation. "Super-sub! @louiseminchin is not feeling very well so @sallynugent has joined @mrdanwalker on the sofa," it read.
Louise Minchin disappeared off air an hour and a half into the show
Viewers quickly responded, sending get-well messages to the TV favourite. "I hope Louise isn't seriously ill. Very concerned. She's super," wrote one Twitter follower, while another posted: "Nothing serious I hope, get well soon x." Sally, who usually presents the sports news, also received praise for stepping in last-minute. "Get well Louise, great stand in," one fan commented.
Louise was swiftly replaced by Sally Nugent
Louise was on air for about an hour and a half with her co-host Dan Walker, but after a break, she didn't return. As the cameras panned back to Dan and Sally on the red sofas, Dan explained: "Hello everybody, this is Breakfast with... Sally Nugent now and Dan Walker." Turning to his new co-presenter, he said: "Louise isn't feeling particularly well so you're going to have to double shift it, if that's alright."
"Yeah that's fine, sorry to confuse you everybody. I just stepped in at the very last moment so bear with me," said Sally.
After the show, Dan reassured fans, tweeting: "I'm sure @louiseminchin will be ok. Nice cuppa and some paracetamol will sort her out. Hope she feels better soon."
Dan started co-hosting the breakfast show last year. He replaced veteran presenter Bill Turnbull, who starred on the show for 15 years.