Countryfile's James Wong pays emotional tribute to co-star as she quits BBC show after 13 years | The Sun

COUNTRYFILE'S James Wong has paid a heartwarming tribute to his co-star, Ellie Harrison after she quit the BBC show.

The beloved nature presenter announced her departure earlier this month after 13 years on the series.

Ellie Harrison revealed her reason for leaving was to focus on her family, her business and new opportunities.

Announcing the news, the star wrote in a lengthy caption: "There are many things I'll miss. I've come to realise that I don't need to navigate to a whole new ocean or even a new sea, but to chart a new course somewhere in these waters, raising my three wonderful children, growing our family business and following my own creative calling to produce art of my own making."

James Wong, renowned botanist and gardening specialist, had some kind words for his colleague, who he has worked with for many years.

"I wish Ellie all the best. After you work for 13 years on a show, maybe you want to change it up and do different things," James told GB news

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The nature expert went on to say that Ellie is just as nice and warm as she appears on TV.

James added: "One thing I will say about Ellie is there are some people on TV that look so nice that when you meet them in reality, you just know that they're going to be horrible – she's exactly the same!"

The TV personality couldn't help but gush about his long-time co-star.

"She's like the nicest, cuddliest, girl-next-door vibe and she was so supportive and welcoming when I was on the show. And it's almost disappointing that she's so nice," Wong said.

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A BBC spokesperson said: “Ellie is a much-loved and valued member of the Countryfile family and will be missed. We would like to thank her for her commitment to the programme and for sharing her passion for wildlife and the great outdoors. We will be celebrating her contribution in a special show on December 3 and wish her all the best.”

Ellie Harrison began her career as a secretary at Channel 5 while having dreams of becoming a country singer.

She is married to a GP, Matthew Goodman, and they have three children.

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