Louise Minchin: Dan Walker uses BBC Breakfast host as an example after ‘b******s’ message

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BBC Breakfast presenters Louise Minchin, 51, and Dan Walker, 43, have had to rely on themselves to perfect their on-screen looks recently, as the show has been operating without a hair and make-up team due to the coronavirus lockdown. However, one viewer told Dan they doubted that the pair haven’t had any professional assistance in response to his post about “learning to blend” foundation.

The star then used a snap of his co-host Louise sporting unruly hair as an example to prove they had indeed been taking the DIY approach.

Dan got onto the subject when a fan asked him on Twitter: “@mrdanwalker so there’s social distancing on the sofa for the viewers benefit, how are you doing it behind the scenes with make up and hair?”

The Football Focus star posted before and after photos of himself in response with a make-up brush in hand.

He replied in view of his 654,000 followers: “We all do our own #LearningToBlend #TZone.”

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However, Dan’s admission prompted a naysayer named Sandra to hit back: “As if you lot do your own make up and hair. Absolute b******s.”

Fortunately, the presenter was ready with a quick-witted retort, as he shared a photo of Louise’s blonde locks looking particularly wild behind-the-scenes of BBC Breakfast.

He wrote in response: “Love your certainty Sandra,” alongside a laughing emoji.

Dan went on to suggest the viewer should ask Louise or her co-stars Naga Munchetty and Sally Nugent about their experiences without the show’s hair and make-up artists.

He added: “I present Exhibit A. You could always ask @louiseminchin @BBCNaga or @sallynugent.”

Fans took to the comments section of Dan’s honest post to share their thoughts.

One person wrote: “It’s been pretty obvious they have all been doing their own make up to be honest!”

Another added: “I cannot believe people think there is someone still doing your makeup! You are all doing a grand job but you can see the difference especially on the news channel.”

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A third fan commented: “Oooh go out like that Lou it’s lovely.”(sic)

Elsewhere, Louise spoke candidly about a “devastating” moment with her husband after she competed in the Norseman challenge.

The athletic broadcaster questioned whether she would see her husband again after he didn’t meet her during part of the race.

Speaking on Norseman Radio about the epic challenge, Louise explained her husband and her dad were her support team during the triathlon.

“There was a bit of a confusion, because my support, who were my husband and my dad, missed the first place that we were going to meet because it took them a long time to get through the tunnels,” the small-screen star explained.

“That was a bit devastating because you’re thinking at this point, at two and a half hours I need some more food, and I’m a little bit cold, because you’re on the top of the plane and the mist had come down, and it was quite scary and like how I miss them, if they miss me, am I ever going to see them again?”

Luckily, Louise was reunited with her husband and he was able to give her some more essentials.

She said: “Luckily I did eventually meet them and they gave me some more clothes, mostly coffee I think! But your support is so much part of it.


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“Without them, you literally can’t do it, but it’s also psychologically getting to that point because we were quite disciplined about meeting and it was just absolutely wonderful to see them. Brilliant.”

The BBC Breakfast star then gushed over her husband for his help at the time.

She added: “My husband is thankfully incredibly organised when it comes to it. I literally arrived and he had everything lined up.

“We made masses of sandwiches, and he’s like, ‘what kind of sandwich do you want or do you want a Snickers bar?’ It’s brilliant, so lovely, lovely.”

BBC Breakfast airs daily at 6am on BBC One.

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