Andrew Marr has signed goodbye to his long-running BBC politics show as he delivered a line from his "mentor" Anchorman character Ron Burgundy.
After more than two decades at the BBC, including 16 years as host of his own Sunday morning program, the broadcaster is closing the door to the network.
"That it is, all over," he remarked as he wrapped up his farewell show. "I have been so blessed and privileged to share so many Sunday mornings with you."
“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 ” he continued, referring to the catchphrase of the fictional news anchor played by Will Ferrell in the 2004 hit comedy, Anchorman.
"I have been so lucky and so privileged to share so many Sunday mornings with you"
Andrew Marr signs of his final show: "You stay classy San Diego" #Marr https://t.co/gIdFHrvktI pic.twitter.com/mgejQQDjiz — BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) December 19, 2021
Andrew Marr’s Replacement Candidates, His Further Plans
Andrew Marr's resignation leaves a hole in one of the most high-profile jobs in political journalism, and The Guardian has published a list of potential replacements.
According to sources, replacement candidates include Mishal Husain, Emily Maitlis, Laura Kuenssberg, Zeinab Badawi, Clive Myrie, Nick Robinson, Victoria Derbyshire, Andrew Neil, Sophie Raworth, and Amol Rajan.
Andrew, on the other hand, will host an opinion-based show on LBC, where he will "give his view on the biggest issues of the moment" with guests, according to Global.
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He'll also host a weekly podcast on Global Player and write a regular blog for the LBC website, as well as host a new show on Classic FM, playing music and interviewing guests from the worlds of politics and the arts.
It's Andrew Marr's final programme on the BBC
Here's a look back at the last 16 years of Sunday mornings #Marr https://t.co/52Rl9Tkzj1 pic.twitter.com/hKY8ezhWPj — BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) December 19, 2021
Andrew Marr is currently in good health.
However, a little earlier this year, Andrew contracted COVID-19 and recovered totally within weeks.
When we look at his previous health-related incidents, on January 8, 2013, the broadcaster was transported to the hospital after suffering a stroke at home. It was 8 months later that he resumed anchoring "The Andrew Marr Show" on September 1, 2013.
He was discharged from the hospital on March 3 and took a short break before stating that he would return to work later that year.
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In May 2018, Andrew was sent to the hospital for surgery to remove a tumor from his kidney. He was expected to recover completely.
Andrew Marr’s Wife, Children
Andrew Marr has been married to his wife, Jackie Ashley (the political journalist of The Guardian) since August 1987.
The two have one son and two daughters.