‘Lump in my throat’ Charlene White bids tearful farewell to former co-star as he exits BBC

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Loose Women and ITV News presenter Charlene White, 41, has admitted she was left with a “lump in her throat” while watching her former BBC Look East co-star Stewart White’s last show on BBC Look East. Charlene worked with BBC stalwart Stewart when she was a newsreader on BBC Look East earlier on in her career.

The star shared a link to a video of Stewart saying a tearful goodbye to viewers on air yesterday.

Charlene wrote in view of her 51,000 Twitter followers: “A lump in my throat watching Stewart say goodbye last night on his final edition of ⁦@BBCLookEast, after 37yrs. 

“When we worked together he was so kind & encouraging. 

“Watching he & ⁦@susiefowlerwatt in action was a joy. 

“He’ll be missed,” the presenter concluded alongside a red love heart emoji.

Stewart hosted his final show on Thursday after presenting more than 10,000 programmes and covering the top stories in the East of England.

He will be leaving his role presenting the Look East evening news on BBC One and the weekly regional political programme on Sundays.

“This is a sad day for me. 

 

“I have spent 37 very happy years at BBC Look East,” he said during the programme.

Explaining his decision on air, Stewart said: “I have interviewed prime ministers, archbishops, Hollywood superstars and top musicians.

“I have challenged and celebrated, but the most important thing for me is that at 6.30pm every evening hundreds of thousands of people have invited me into their homes to take them through the news of the day.

“I have never taken that for granted and am honoured to have been a part of so many lives for so long. I will miss it with all of my heart, but the time is right.”

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Director of BBC England Helen Thomas said: “Stewart is a broadcasting giant. He’s had an incredible career at the BBC and achieved many, many things but most importantly earned the trust, respect and affection of our viewers.

“It’s typical of Stewart that he has asked to keep his final programme a quiet affair but I do want to pay tribute to a talented broadcaster, a brilliant journalist, and a kind colleague.

“We all wish him well for the future and thank him for his immense contribution over four decades.”

Charlene wasn’t the only celebrity who shared her sadness over Stewart’s exit from the show.

Comedian Stephen Fry wrote in view of his 12.4 million Twitter followers that his evenings won’t be the same now Stewart won’t be on air.

He penned: “Norfolk evenings will never be quite the same. 

“Farewell, old boy. 

“You will be sorely missed…”

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