Breakfast Says Goodbye To Rawdon Christie

Publish Date
Friday, 9 September 2016, 11:11AM

Hugs, tears, speeches, highlights videos and quite a few pranks - one involving Britney Spears - marked Rawdon Christie's last day on the Breakfast couch.

Christie finishes his up his 13-year career at TVNZ today, and his co-hosts used his final broadcast to pay tribute to the long-serving presenter - and play a few pranks.

Christie leaves today as part of a shake-up of the Breakfast team that saw newsreader Peter Williams leave on Wednesday.

Nadine Chalmers-Ross finishes up next Friday, before new hosts Jack Tame and Hilary Barry take over on September 19.

Christie used his final moments on the show to deliver a heartfelt monologue, calling his time atBreakfast "the best job in TV".

"This team are the most dedicated hardworking team in the newsroom ... and I know no one else in the newsroom will argue with that."

"We've put 3000 hours of live TV to air," he said. "I've met rock stars, interviewed icons, covered World Cups. Will I miss it? Of course I will. Because I love telling stories ... and that's what matters about what we do for a living."

Christie's co-host Chalmers-Ross described him as "a bit like a husband - sometimes I want to wring your neck, other times I want to kiss you".

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