BBC Breakfast's Louise Minchin 'locked out' of studio on last day after pass cancelled

By Simon Duke

Louise Minchin had a dramatic start to her last day at work as BBC Breakfast host as she was 'locked out' of the studio before her final show after IT cancelled her pass.

It was back in June that long-serving presenter Louise revealed to viewers that she'd be saying goodbye to the morning programme after 20 years.

She told co-host Dan Walker and those watching at home: "It will be this year 20 years since I first presented this programme.

"Since then 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 3.40 - sometimes if I'm feeling really rebellious 3.46 - in the morning and I'm going to be leaving the programme."

After announcing her departure date at the start of the month, Louise took her seat on the BBC Breakfast set for a final time on Wednesday, alongside Dan, and it was then that the Strictly 2021 contestant revealed things had got off to a dramatic start as she was 'locked out' of the BBC building.

Louise Minchin 'locked out' of BBC before final day on Breakfast (BBC Breakfast)

Sharing selfie of them that Louise had uploaded of them on his Twitter account, Dan wrote: "Classic BBC magic this morning… Louise’s pass has already been cancelled so she couldn’t get in the building!

"When she eventually got in… her computer login had expired"

One of his followers swiftly replied: "Speaking from experience, it sounds like your IT systems are set to 00:00 on someone’s last day, rather than 23:59," with another joking: "A natural part of the ‘joiners, movers, leavers process’.. admin just a bit too on the ball though"

Louise was surprised on her final day as BBC Breakfast host with messages from the likes of Michael Ball, Rick Astley and former colleague Bill Turnbull, while friend Robert Rinder and Louise's husband and dad joined her and Dan in person.

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