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Inside I’m Celebrity Louise Minchin’s Friendship with Strictly’s Dan Walker

THEY are currently on rival reality shows – but there’s no denying the friendship between Louise Minchin and Dan Walker.

Louise, 53, and Dan, 44, hosted BBC Breakfast together for six years before stepping down in September after two decades on the show – something Dan has compared to a breakup.

As Dan first took to the Strictly dance floor weeks later, it showed just how close the couple were when he dedicated his performance to Louise.

After her dance debut, host Claudia Winkleman said: “You wanted to dedicate this dance to someone very special …”

Dan replied, “Yes, I have a new breakfast couch partner, but it was actually for Louise Minchin.

“Anyone looking at Breakfast will know Louise left the couch last week, I hope she is watching – Louise was for you, we miss you, we love you and we wish you the best away from the couch.”

But Louise got her own surprise for Dan, appearing on a VT to say, “Hi Dan, I can’t believe you dedicated your first dance to me on Strictly – thank you very much.

“I really miss you on the BBC Breakfast couch but I’m so excited because I’ll be watching you every Saturday night on Strictly, I think you’re gonna be amazing, good luck, go ahead and have fun.”

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