Back in June, the broadcaster confirmed she would be stepping down from the programme, and that she would “stop setting my alarm for 3:40” in the morning.
“Before anything else, I wanted to thank everybody who’s watching for your loyalty and your support over all those years. I have absolutely loved being part of it.
“I will really miss it, but it is time now to stop that alarm early in the morning,” she said.
On Wednesday, Minchin revealed that she was locked out of the office, as her BBC pass had already been deactivated ahead of her last day.
She was also applauded by colleagues as she entered the newsroom for the final time.
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During her final programme, Minchin responded to messages from viewers and said: “Thank you so much for your huge support, I think particularly over the last two years as well. It’s been really tough, hasn’t it, and I’ve felt we’re all part of a story together, a shared history, and it’s been amazing to be here.
“Some people have literally grown up watching me, as they say.
“And I feel really privileged to have been in that position and have worked here all those years.
“There have been tough days, there have been tough stories, but it’s been amazing, and I’m really, genuinely touched by all those things that people have said.”
Over the past two decades, Minchin has had some notable movements on Breakfast – from controversial stances on sausage sarnies to humorous technical difficulties. Here are the best ones:
The sausage sarnie debate
As is to be expected, the BBC has strict impartiality standards concerning its employees, but apparently this doesn’t cover the contentious issue of what condiment you have on your sausage sandwiches.
After an analogue clock was digitally enlarged and placed over Minchin’s legs, co-presenter Walker realised his hand would appear on the other side of the screen.
“Sorry, the fact we have lost our clock has sent us all a bit doolally today,” Walker said.
Minchin joked back: “All of us?”
You’ll be pleased to read that the clock has since been fixed.
The “embarrassing” phone call
One time you shouldn’t get a phone call is when you’re doing a presenting gig on national television, but unfortunately for Minchin, that happened in a programme aired in April 2019.
Not long after finishing an interview with David Gauke, who was an MP and the justice secretary at the time, a ringtone came out from Minchin’s mobile phone, and she immediately dashed off-camera to sort it.