Nicky Campbell fought back tears as he said goodbye to co-host Rachel Burden before leaving the BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast Show.
The presenter announced this summer that he was leaving the programme after fronting it since 2003 and that he would be hosting a show in a different time slot.
But he was overcome with emotion as he told Burden what a great friend and colleague she had been.
"You've been such an amazing friend," he said, becoming tearful and pausing before telling his co-host to “say something” to fill the gap.
"There have been times when I've come in here and things have been terrible in my life, and I have said, 'You're going to have to do this today', and you've done it."
— BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) November 5, 2021
Campbell also praised Burden for never forgetting that he is 5ft 11 “and three quarters”, saying she knows what matters to him.
Burden – who has worked with Campbell for the last 10 years - said: “As we have always said, Nicky, we are there to paper over the cracks for each other.
"And we've just about done that.
“Sometimes the cracks slightly burst through but I have loved every single minute of it and I am going to miss you hugely."
There are loads of things I could tell you about the show tomorrow (COP26, banning bonfires, ABBA, @RobbieSavage8) but for me it’s mostly about saying goodbye to this fella after ten years.
He is, and I don’t say this lightly, a radio legend. @NickyAACampbell@bbc5livepic.twitter.com/gvH89Xt3F8
— Rachel Burden (@rachelburden) November 4, 2021
Announcing his exit earlier this year, the presenter said: “Leaving Breakfast is really tough after so many unforgettable programmes with Rachel and the team, but I’ve been getting up at four am for 19 years now so it’s time I had a bit more sleep!”
Former T4 presenter Rick Edwards will take over from Campbell on the Breakfast Show.
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