Louise Manchin She said she stayed longer at the BBC breakfast because of Dan Walker.
The 53-year-old presenter celebrated his last day on the Wednesday morning news program after 20 years.
Lewis first appeared on the broadcaster’s flagship morning show in 2001 and joked that she was going to avoid a terrible start.
Earlier in the show, viewers were shown a video of the host walking through the newsroom and praised by his colleagues, before co-presenter Dean paid tribute to onlookers at home.
Lewis said she was “embarrassed and humiliated and tearful” by the messages before giving a proper leave at the end of the show.
Dean blindfolded Louis and took him out as he was surprised by the crowd and a brass band that had gathered around him.
She was shown a video montage of her 20 years on screen before chatting with some friends.
But things got more emotional as Dean paid tribute to his departing co-star.
“Do you mind if I tell you something?” Dean jokingly asked Louis: “How much time do we have?”
He then said: “I see you every morning and I know how good you are at your job.
“I’m not looking forward to the day as I told you. The moment I started this amazing program with you and as I said before, it’s hard to find someone who can do everything. Make it so comfortable
“You are that person.”
Dean added that there was no reason to work with him in five and a half years: “There has been a lot to deal with this program on and off camera, but I’m very proud and I feel great. It is an honor to work together and to deal with it.
“When we felt the need for each other, we turned to each other and I don’t think it will ever change.”
He went on to say that Lewis was a “really good friend” and that he had been “wonderful.”
“I will remember the laughter, I will remember the tears, I will remember the fun but most of all, I will really miss you every single day.
“I am always asked what are you going to do without Louise? I don’t know, I don’t know what I’m going to do without you.
“There are two types of family, the ones you were born with and the ones you meet along the way. It’s a great honor to share this sofa with you.”
Lewis then started with Dan and thanked him.
“Because of you, I’m far beyond my goals,” he said. “I mean, really tall.”
After thanking the show and the audience, Dean encouraged Lewis to say goodbye to the camera.
“I didn’t want to say goodbye,” he said with tears in his eyes. “Thank you and for the last and last time, goodbye, have a nice day and I’ll see you somewhere else.”
A round of applause erupted again, and as the band played, the camera grabbed Dean by the hand of his emotional friends.
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