Following an impressive 17 years as host of A Current Affair, Tracy Grimshaw has signed off for the final time.
The evening of Thursday night, November 24, proved to be an emotional one as Grimshaw bid a moving farewell to her loyal fans and close-knit crew during her final episode.
Despite the difficulty of saying goodbye, Grimshaw pushed through to deliver a sincere thank you to A Current Affair’s loyal audience.
“We are your show and the million of you, who watch every night, know that,” she told viewers.
“Thank you. Without you, there would be no us.”
— A Current Affair (@ACurrentAffair9) November 24, 2022
After thanking those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the show possible, Grimshaw touched on who will be stepping in to fill her shoes behind the A Current Affair desk before delivering her familiar sign-off for the final time.
“Soon you’ll all find out who’ll be in this chair next year. Please make them welcome,” she said.
“Thanks for your company. Goodnight.”
The final broadcast was made all the more poignant after an array of fellow media personalities, celebrities, and high-profile figures delivered messages of congratulations for Grimshaw’s stellar career while wishing her all the best.
Television and radio personality Ita Buttrose said: “You’re in a class all of your own” in a touching message to Grimshaw.
“Can Australian television ever be the same?” Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese asked.
Australian comedian and actor Nick Giannopoulos questioned where he would be without Grimshaw’s hard-hitting journalistic pieces.
“I’d be hiring dodgy tradies,” he said.
“Thanks, Tracy you’ve been an absolute trooper,” former Prime Minister John Howard said.
“Tracy, I could tell you from my own personal experience not everyone gets to determine the timing of their new career path. You have, well done and the best of luck,” ex-Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said.
“Tracy Grimshaw … I am extremely afraid of the long lunch in our future,” former 7.30 host Leigh Sales joked.
The touching messages were not only confined to those who have shared the spotlight alongside Grimshaw, fans across the country flooded social media with some of their favourite memories of the veteran journalist while congratulating her on a stellar career.
You’re a treasure Tracy! Your interviews with Morrison, Burke and Hanson were particular stand outs that I thought were brilliant ???????????? hope you enjoy a nice break ????
— queen of cups (@queen_of_cups_) November 24, 2022
Thanks for the memories Tracey ????
— Kurt (@Kurt19899) November 24, 2022
A classy send-off, well done.
— Hasan Coskun (@AmbiFX) November 24, 2022
You had some really great moments Tracy – I will never forget that interview of Scott Morrison ???? pic.twitter.com/LV3b8h7zRo
— tess williams (@tesswil94391742) November 24, 2022
That was a great sign-off from a media legend.
Well said, @tracygrimshaw and thank you ????
— Mark Gibson (@markgibbo) November 24, 2022
Thank you very much for everything you did, many tears shed for such a beautiful gesture of helping people. Congratulations and take care
— MACV (@ma21cv) November 24, 2022
I’m going to miss you Tracy the show will not be the same without you I have enjoyed watching ACA with you and now I’m just going to miss you so much so thank you so much
— Bruce Bryan (@BruceBr13219917) November 24, 2022
A strong female journalist whom I have admired for many years. Sad to see Tracy leave ACA but wish her all the best.
— Tahli Blackman (@TahliBlackman) November 24, 2022