Penny Smith leaves GMTV

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 June 2010
Penny Smith

Penny Smith

Penny Smith has bid farewell to the 'GMTV' sofa after 17 years working on the ITV morning show

Penny Smith bid a tearful farewell to viewers as she left 'GMTV' after 17 years on the sofa.

The TV favourite was shown clips of her highlights on the breakfast show and broke down as she was serenaded by singer Curtis Stigers - who she had performed with on BBC's 'Just the Two of Us'.

After his rendition of hit 'You're All That Matters to Me', Penny wiped away tears and said: "I was doing so well. I've got extra eyelashes on and everything."

The 51-year-old star - who joined the show at its launch in 1993 - now plans to write a third novel and host a BBC Radio 2 opera show.

She thanked her fans for the deluge of messages she received throughout the morning, saying: "Can I say thank you to everybody who's said really nice things to me today - tweeting and writing and emailing and everything else - thank you very much. And thank you for supporting us."

Tributes also flooded in from old colleagues including John Stapleton, who co-hosted 'GMTV's 6am to 7am 'News Hour' with her for 12 years.

He said: "Penny, I'll miss you terribly. I'll miss you telling me off for making a mess in the sink in the make-up department. I'll miss you tidying up both me and the studio. And I'll also miss expecting the unexpected - because I think that is the key to working with you."

In the studio presenter Andrew Castle said: "She's a huge loss to this programme, no doubt."

Choked up with emotion, blonde Penny said: "I'll battle on, just to say thank you all for watching."

Wiping away tears and clutching a bouquet of flowers, she signed off: "That's enough."

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