Louise Minchin left ‘holding the fort’ as she addresses Dan Walkers BBC Breakfast absence

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Louise Minchin, 52, has taken to Twitter to speak out on Dan Walker’s noticeable absence from the BBC Breakfast studio this morning. The star, who recently announced her decision to leave the programme, snapped a selfie featuring her co-stars Carol Kirkwood, 59, and Sally Nugent, 49,  as she was left “holding the fort”.

Louise and Sally smiled for the camera, while Carol could be seen presenting her latest weather forecast in the background.

However, Dan was nowhere to be seen in the photo.

Explaining the situation, Louise wrote in view of her 210,000 followers: “Good morning, and I am holding the fort from the #BBCBreakfast sofa with @sallynugent and @carolkirkwood while we have sent @mrdanwalker to Coventry. 

“You will have to watch @BBCBreakfast to see what I mean!”

Fans took to the comments section to share their thoughts on the snap.

One person wrote: “Best selfie so far . Looks like Carol is growling.”

Another added: “You’re the the best Louise lots of love XXX.”

A third commented: “A girly day in the studio.”


A fourth gushed: “What a dream team!”

Dan wasn’t sat beside Louise on the famous BBC Breakfast sofa this morning because he was presenting a segment from Coventry instead.

Louise and Sally discussed the new studio dynamic in Dan’s absence during the show.

Louise explained to viewers in reference to social distancing rules in the studio: “Sally, because Dan’s not here, you’re allowed in the studio, isn’t that nice?

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“Gosh it’s been a long time!”

Sally replied: “It’s been 15 months since I sat here!

“It all feels very strange but really, really nice. 

“Hello!” She then delightedly exclaimed to Louise.

“Hi,” Louise giggled, as Sally exclaimed: “I’m not over there anymore!”

At the start of the show, Louise introduced the show by welcoming viewers to BBC Breakfast with herself and Dan, despite his absence from the studio.

Dan shortly made his first appearance from Coventry, telling viewers: “As the race continues to vaccinate the entire UK, this morning we are at Coventry hospital.

“We’ve brought the Breakfast sofa to the roof of the main building on a gorgeous morning in the Midlands and this is actually where the first Covid vaccine was handed out.

“And the person who received that was 91-year-old Margaret Keenan and in her first ever interview after getting that jab back in December, she’s talking about a message she has for anyone who still has doubts.”

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