I'm A Celeb: Louise Minchin discusses her next project

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Louise Minchin announced she would be stepping down from her role on BBC Breakfast in June. The presenter, who took part in this year’s series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! returned to the red sofa earlier this month for a brief appearance.

The 53-year-old has since opened up on her decision to quit the news programme following her debut in 2001.

The mum-of-two admitted she is still unsure if she made the “right decision” during a candid chat on Her Spirit podcast.

Her admission comes after the presenter was quizzed on her official exit in September by a viewer.

Louise admitted it took a “long time” for her to decide to quit the sofa for good.

She explained: “It wasn’t just months, it was probably even longer than that.

“In the end, my husband always said, ‘There will be a moment.’ And the moment was very specific because it had been going around my head so much.”

The on-screen journalist revealed she wrote down the “pros” of Breakfast and the “cons” before making a final decision.

She said that she had finished with a long list of what didn’t suit her about the job anymore, most notably the hours being a “killer”.

The broadcaster found that everything was “out of balance” and although she loved being on BBC Breakfast she had to leave.

The broadcaster said: “In life, I’ve tried to be brave. I don’t even know if it was the right decision – I think it was but sometimes you have to jump off the ferry and that was the time.”

She added that it has been “scary” but said she is “excited” for the future.

Louise also addressed her recent return to BBC Breakfast when she joined Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt as a show guest.


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“On the day I left I’m A Celeb [BBC Breakfast] asked me back on the show,” she explained.

The mum-of-two went on: “It was lovely because of course I really do miss my colleagues and I do miss my job.

“It was actually lovely to go back and be a guest. It was great to be able to say, ‘hello’ to my friends.”

She added: “Hopefully, I can go back again but I don’t have that job. But to occasionally pop in – it was really special to do that.”

Louise made her final appearance on BBC Breakfast on September 15.

She was replaced on the red sofa by her colleague and sports presenter Sally Nugent.

At the time of her exit, Louise said she loved hearing people’s stories and being able to tell them.

With regards to her next venture, the presenter added that she was a huge fan of endurance sport and would commit plenty of time to her passion.

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.

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