Louise Minchin 'having intense anxiety dreams' as she confirms final day on 'BBC Breakfast'

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 16: British journalist and news presenter Louise Minchin attends a photocall during the annual Edinburgh International Book Festival at Charlotte Square Gardens on August 16, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Massimiliano Donati/Awakening/Getty Images)
Louise Minchin (Massimiliano Donati/Awakening/Getty Images)

BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin has admitted she’s having ‘anxiety dreams’ after confirming she’s leaving the show in two weeks.

The host has been part of the early morning team for the past 20 years, but announced in June she will be moving on to new roles.

On today’s episode, Minchin confirmed her final show will be on 15 September, meaning she has just six shows left in the hosting chair.

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Co-host Dan Walker calculated the number, to which she joked: “Good maths! Not that we've both been counting.”

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It seems the move is playing tricks on her psyche in the meantime, with the presenter revealing it has been giving her trouble sleeping.

“Of course, there's a huge amount of nerves,” Minchin said. 

“I'm having the most extraordinarily vivid anxiety dreams which are keeping me awake, they're unpublishable!”

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Minchin became a lead presenter on BBC Breakfast since 2012, 11 years after her first appearance as a host in 2001.

<p>After 20 years on the BBC's flagship morning news programme, host Louise Minchin has announced that she will be leaving the show later this year.</p>
<p>Credit: @BBCBreakfast via Twitter / BBC</p>
BBC Breakfast stars Dan Walker and Louise Minchin (BBC)

She admitted to Walker that she’s not going to miss the brutal daily 3.40am alarms, and was looking forward to some downtime.

During her emotional announcement, she said: “I've felt part of a huge, enormous BBC Breakfast family which includes everyone who works here, everyone on the team and every one of you who watches the programme.

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"I've loved being part of it but – there is a but – I've decided that is time that I stop setting my alarm for 3.40am – sometimes, if I'm feeling really rebellious, 3.46am – in the morning and I'm going to be leaving the programme.

Louise Minchin could be in line to swap the newsroom for the ballroom as a 'Strictly Come Dancing' contestant. (Nicky Johnston/Comic Relief/Getty Images)
Louise Minchin could be in line to swap the newsroom for the ballroom as a Strictly Come Dancing contestant. (Nicky Johnston/Comic Relief/Getty Images)

"It's not going to be for a while. But before anything else I wanted to thank everyone that is watching for your loyalty and your support over all those years.”

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