Simon McCoy 'choked up' following BBC News farewell tribute
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Simon McCoy, 59, left BBC News as a newsreader after 18 years earlier this week. Following his departure, some of his funniest moments from the show resurfaced online. In one memorable clip, Simon is seen reading out the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their third baby.
As he continued to read out the statement, he stopped and said: “I’m not sure how much news this really is, but anyway it’s April.
“So clear your diaries,” he added, sarcastically.
In response to this, a Twitter follower wrote: “@SimonMcCoyTV this man was the funniest news presenter.”
In view of his 62,000 followers, Simon replied: “I am not dead #news.”
Many of his fans flocked to his post to comment.
One user wrote: “You should have stayed at the beeb. End of!”
A second commented: “Miss you already!!!”
Another said Simon was going to be “a memory” to them as they claimed they couldn’t tune into GB News.
“It’s not broadcasting yet,” Simon replied.
“When it does it will be available on Sky and Freeview. There is no escape. Many thanks.”
News of the broadcaster’s departure was revealed on Twitter by floor manager Niall Jackson.
The latter spilled it was the broadcaster’s “final week” which left fans querying the news.
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Simon went on to confirm that it was his last day on Thursday.
Sam Taylor, Head of Live & Breaking for BBC News, told Express.co.uk: “Sharp, funny and a great colleague – it has been a delight to have Simon at the helm of the BBC News Channel and BBC News at One.
“We’ll miss his one-liners, pregnant pauses and commitment to breaking news in every form, and wish him the very best for the future.”
GB News founder Andrew Neil went on to confirm Simon would be joining his new venture.
He wrote on Twitter: “Oh yes. Simon McCoy is joining GB News… another great hire!”
Director of News and Programmes, John McAndrew, said: “Simon’s journalistic integrity, warmth and personality is a perfect fit for what we’re doing at GB News.
“He’s a brilliant journalist with an exceptional ability to relate to people in an upbeat way so we’re keen to get him out from behind a desk and talking to people from all parts of the United Kingdom.”
Ahead of this many fans speculated he could be replacing Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain following the latter’s departure earlier this month.
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