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Naga Munchetty's absence from BBC Breakfast explained

The presenter was replaced by Louise Minchin

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Naga Munchetty was noticeably absent from the red sofa on the Thursday edition of BBC Breakfast, with Louise Minchin stepping in to fill her shoes. Louise presented the show alongside Naga's regular co-host Charlie Stayt.

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While the presenters made no reference to Naga's absence at the start of the show, and Naga herself did not comment on social media, fans were left feeling a little confused about the surprising shake-up.

However, HELLO! understands that Naga was simply on leave, hence her absence.

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Louise and her co-star Dan Walker usually present Breakfast on Mondays to Wednesdays, while Naga and Charlie fill the Thursday and Friday slots. Naga joined the show in 2009 as a relief presenter, before becoming one of the team's main presenters in 2014.

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Broadcaster Dan recently opened up about his future on the BBC show. Speaking to the Mirror earlier this month in honour of the breakfast show's 20th anniversary, the 43-year-old said: "My contract is continuing, so I'm not going yet."

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The BBC Breakfast team attend the NTAs in 2017

Dan, who also hosts BBC Radio 5 Live and Football Focus, confessed the reason behind staying on the Breakfast sofa is all down to his co-star and friend, Louise!

"It's a great gig, and I love it. And from day one Louise made the job really easy," he said. "I wouldn't have done it for as long and enjoyed it for this long without being able to sit next to somebody like her. I've learned an awful lot from her."

Dan explained: "When I started, if you had said to me, 'You'll be doing this job in five years,' I'd have gone, 'No chance'. Football Focus I've done for a long time, but that job changes all the time, so it feels very different."

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