Steph McGovern’s gushy goodbye post as she leaves BBC Breakfast

Steph McGovern has said goodbye to BBC Breakfast with a heartfelt tweet after she presented on the show for over eight years.

The host posted a tweet with a two-page message thanking the "wonderful" team, the "tech gang", "production posse", makeup artists, the presenting team and the viewers.

She wrote: "Mush alert, but just a few words I wanted to say to the @BBCBreakfast gang on my departure from the show."

Steph thanked everyone for the kind messages she's received since announcing her news on Monday, and admitted it's been overwhelming as she's due to give birth any day now.

Part of her long message read: "First up, I want to thank BBC Breakfast… home for over 8 years. It's mushy, but the wonderful team on the show have been an extended family to me.

"From the tech gang who make sure you can hear and see us, the production posse who make sure I'm in the right place at the right time, the makeup artists who make sure I don't look like a clip (Boro phrase), and the super sharp producers who carefully craft the stories that we cover, working all hours of the day and night.

"I love them. They have looked after me through thick and thin, and made me sound and look much better than I really am."

The emotional presenter also touched on the start of her career "when the world wasn't sure if a 'common Northern lass' should be allowed on telly doing 'serious stuff'".

Steph's goodbye comes as she jumps ship to start her own show on Channel 4.

The heavily pregnant host will now be fronting the Channel 4 programme The Steph Show from spring 2020.

"I'm really chuffed to be creating my own live show," she said.

"This is a dream come true for me and I can't wait to get started next year. Just a small matter of having a baby first!"

The 37-year-old was "absolutely thrilled" when she received the news that she will be starting a family with her TV executive girlfriend.

Steph and her partner have been keeping details of her pregnancy reasonably private, but their bundle of joy is expected to arrive very soon.

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