Louise Minchin returns to BBC Breakfast with announcement 20 months after exit

Louise Minchin has returned to the BBC Breakfast sofa almost two years after her exit.

The former presenter appeared on the morning show on Wednesday (May 24) to discuss her new book Fearless: Adventures with Extraordinary Women, which will be released this week.

It follows the star as she takes on a series of challenges and celebrates women's stories of being "courageous, brave and daring".

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After listening to Louise discuss her new project, hosts Jon Kay and Nina Warhurst told Louise it was "fantastic" to have her back and wondered if she missed the show.

Their former co-star admitted: "I miss you. I don't miss the 3.40am alarm call at all."

Louise's appearance comes after she slammed her former TV role as "sexist".

She starred on BBC Breakfast for almost 20 years but has recently claimed a behind-the-scenes row with producers made her feel less adequate.

The former I'm A Celebrity star lifted the lid on how she felt after she says she was never given the opportunity to open the show or introduce a new segment, as her male co-star always had that role.

But she has since come out to suggest that her popularity on the programme was "overlooked" due to her being a woman.

In her new book, Louise wrote: "I had noticed that almost every day my male colleague was given the prestigious task of saying hello at the top of each hour, introducing the programme and doing the first interview.

"Why was I always the second person to speak, even though I was older and more experienced? What message did it send to our female viewers?"

Louise was well known for starring alongside Dan Walker and aired her frustrations at him getting the openers by confronting the show's bosses.

She explained that some were "receptive" and willing to let Louise have the chance to try it out.

But said others shut down the concept and told her "This is the way we have always done it".

Louise added: "There it was age-old, systemic discrimination built into the fabric of the programme.

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He [the boss] never asked to see my notes and from that day it was set in stone: every other day, the woman on the sofa was allowed to lead the programme, to be in charge."

Louise issued an emotional farewell message on her final BBC Breakfast shoe back in September 2021.

She rounded off her time on the programme by saying: "Have a great day and I’ll see you somewhere on the other side."

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