Eamonn Holmes cut off as he says his final goodbye to Sky News

first_imgEamonn Holmes was cut off in his last moments presenting Sky News’ flagship breakfast programme on Thursday after 11 years as anchor.The Northern Irishman’s colleagues paid tribute to “the king of breakfast TV”, playing a video montage of his highlights on the show. And when his final moments came, the credits rolled before Holmes, hugged by weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar  Isabel Webster and  Jacquie Beltrao, could say his final goodbye. However, last month the presenter, who also hosts ITV’s This Morning with his wife Ruth Langsford every Friday morning, confirmed his departure from the daily breakfast programme via a post on his Facebook page.On Wednesday he posted: “The Sun sets for me on Sunrise after 11 years. I hope you can join me for the last day.”Holmes has presented Sunrise since 2005, following his departure from ITV’s GMTV, which he co-hosted for 12 years.Announcing his departure in September, Holmes said: “I cannot stress how hard it is saying goodbye to such a programme and the friends and colleagues who I have met over the years because of it – but nothing stays the same – nor should it.”New studios mean a wonderful chance for new ideas and a new approach with new presenters. I hope they enjoy and respect the privilege of hosting Sunrise and waking up Britain and the world as much as I have.””To those who have worked or woken up with me on Sky News over the years – thank you. I hope you appreciated that I tried to do it differently.”He had to apologise earlier this year after being accused of comparing an attack on the Manchester United team bus by West Ham supporters to the Hillsborough disaster which led to deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.Holmes will be replaced as anchor by Sarah-Jane Mee, who will be joined by new co-host Jonathan Samuels, currently the senior correspondent for Sky News.The pair will present Sunrise from a new glass studio in Sky’s recently opened workspace, Sky Central, from late October. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He told viewers: “It has been 11 years thank you very much for putting up with me for all that time. “In that 11 years I’ve had to report on some awful news but I’ve also had to report on some really fantastic news some really uplifting news and we should have more of that. “But the main thing is it’s not important who presents the news the news is the important thing, keep on watching it, keep on doing it, Sunrise and the news continues after the break in the morning.”Holmes signed a five-year deal to stay with Sky in 2013 amid reports he was being lined up to front ITV’s troubled early morning show Daybreak.center_img @EamonnHolmes so sad your leaving! You made my morning for years, now I’ll miss watching you with my 5 month baby boy.He will miss you too 😢— Stephanie Bulley (@sbulley26) October 13, 2016 It’s over and out from all of us… we’ll miss you @EamonnHolmes 😘😘😘 pic.twitter.com/NG3hjF56n3— Isabel Webster (@SunriseIsabel) October 13, 2016last_img

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