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Andrew Marr quotes Anchorman as he bids farewell to BBC show after 17 years

Andrew Marr quoted Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy as he wrapped up his last ever episode of The Andrew Marr Show.

The veteran journalist and broadcaster ended his flagship programme today after 17 years at the helm, with special guests Sajid Javid, Sadiq Khan and David Tennant.

‘That is it. All over,’ Andrew declared as the show came to a close. ‘I have been so lucky and so privileged to share so many Sunday mornings with you. The wonderful Sophie Raworth will be taking over now and then who knows.

‘These shows are never just about whose name is on the tin they are also about the fabulous team behind them so as the titles roll, just take a moment today to look at the names of all the people who really make this happen.’

He continued: ‘I have been wondering how to close this final show but I can’t do better than quoting my great mentor. You stay classy, San Diego.’

Marr announced in November that he would be leaving the BBC and that his show would be coming to an end.

Andrew Marr’s last show has aired (Picture: BBC)

In a statement written on Twitter, he shared: ‘Personal announcement. After 21 years, I have decided to move on from the BBC.

‘l leave behind many happy memories and wonderful colleagues. But from the New Year I am moving to Global to write and present political and cultural shows, and to write for newspapers.’

Marr quoted Ron Burgundy as he signed off (Picture: YouTube)

In his tweets, he expanded on his reasoning for leaving the BBC: ‘I think British politics and public life are going to go through an even more turbulent decade, and as I’ve said, I am keen to get my own voice back’ he wrote.

‘I have been doing the Andrew Marr show every Sunday morning for 16 years now and that is probably more than enough time for anybody!’

He continued: ‘Coming to Global gives me a new freedom – to do fast-paced, very regular political journalism on LBC with no filter, in entirely my own voice.’

Global released a statement on Twitter clarifying what roles Marr would be taking within their news network.

‘@AndrewMarr9 is joining Global in a broadcast exclusive.

‘Andrew will be presenting new shows on @LBC & @ClassicFM, a new weekly podcast on @GlobalPlayer, and will also write a regular column for [LBC website].’

Following Marr’s exit, The Andrew Marr Show is set to be temporarily retitled Sunday Morning.

Sophie Raworth has been announced as a temporary replacement for Marr following his departure from the BBC and she will start her new role from January 9.

The BBC will then conduct its search for a permanent host.

Credit: Original article published here.

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