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Eamonn Holmes bids farewell to Sunrise breakfast show after 11 years: 'Thank you very much for putting up with me'

Sharnaz Shahid

Eamonn Holmes presented his last Sunrise breakfast show after being at the helm for 11 years, on Thursday morning. The 56-year-old thanked viewers for "putting up with me" for all those years.

"It has been 11 years thank you very much for putting up with me for all that time," he said. "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."

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Eamonn Holmes presented his last Sunrise breakfast show after being at the helm for 11 years, on Thursday

His colleagues paid tribute to "the king of breakfast TV" and played a sweet video montage of his highlights throughout his time on the show.

The night before, Eamonn took to his social media sites to share a picture from his desk, he poignantly captioned the image: "The Sun sets for me on Sunrise after 11 years. I hope you can join me for the last day."

The TV stalwart, who also co-hosts ITV’s This Morning with his wife Ruth Langsford, has presented the Sky News show since 2005 after his departure from ITV's GMTV, which he anchored for 12 years.

Holmes announced his departure from Sunrise in September, saying: "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," he added. "I hope you appreciated that I tried to do it differently."

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