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Louise Minchin's mysterious absence from BBC Breakfast explained after concerning fans

The BBC journalist usually presents with Dan Walker

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Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
March 30, 2021
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Louise Minchin may be a regular on BBC Breakfast, but some viewers were left confused after the journalist was notably missing from the line-up for almost two weeks.

The 52-year-old, who presents the morning show with Dan Walker from Monday to Wednesday, has been replaced by roving reporter Sally Nugent.

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After fans took to Twitter to share their concern over Louise's absence, a spokesperson for the broadcaster confirmed that she is currently taking annual leave ahead of Easter.

"Louise is on annual leave," the BBC told HELLO!, and revealed she will be back to our television screens next week.

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One concerned viewer tweeted: "Where is Louise Minchin??? BBC Breakfast needs her." Another remarked: "@louiseminchin Where are you??? You are being missed Hope all is well x." A third post read: "@louiseminchin Missing you not being on BBC Breakfast."

Since 2006, Louise has been a regular anchor on the BBC One programme, co-hosting the show three days a week with Dan. The pair continued to work alongside each other during the pandemic.

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Louise is a regular on the BBC Breakfast sofa

In a recent chat on Decathlon's The Power of Ten podcast, the presenter opened up about the impact the pandemic has had on her working life.

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She admitted that her fear of doing her own makeup has now become a reality, saying: "I don't know if you have work nightmares, but my recurring nightmare used to be that I'd get into work and makeup weren't there… so God forbid, I'd have to do my own makeup. And then from one day to the next, that actually became my reality."

Louise added: "Yeah… so I taught myself and I've learnt a life skill… hair and make up, over the eight, nine months [of lockdown]."

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