Andrew Marr signs off his final BBC politics show with Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy catchphrase

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Andrew Marr sighting on May 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by MWE/GC Images)

Andrew Marr signed off from his BBC politics show with a reference to Anchorman character Ron Burgundy.

Marr is leaving the BBC after more than two decades, including 16 years at the helm of his own Sunday morning show.

As he brought his final ever show to a close he said: “That it is, all over, I have been so lucky and so privileged to share so many Sunday mornings with you.”

And referring to the catchphrase of the fictional news anchor played by Will Ferrell in the 2004 hit comedy, Marr added: “I have been wondering how to close this final show, but I can’t do better than quoting my great mentor: ‘You stay classy, San Diego’.”

 

His final programme featured a short montage of highlights of the show over the years, including interviews with Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Theresa May, Greta Thunberg, Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin.

Among his final guests were the actor David Tennant and Health Secretary Sajid Javid, both of whom expressed regret at his departure.

In his closing remarks, Marr said: “The wonderful Sophie Raworth will be taking over now, and then who knows.

“These shows are never just about the person whose name’s on the tin” he added paying tribute to the “fabulous” team involved in the programme.

Sophie Raworth will serve as the interim presenter of the Sunday morning programme, which will be temporarily retitled Sunday Morning, from 9 January.

Marr, who joined the BBC in May 2000 as political editor, has said he will now focus on writing and presenting political and cultural shows for the media company Global as well as writing for newspapers.

He will host an opinion-led programme on the radio station LBC in which he will “give his view on the biggest issues of the moment” alongside guests, Global said.

As well as this he will present a new programme on Classic FM, playing music and interviewing guests from the world of politics and arts.

He will host a weekly podcast on Global Player and write a regular column for the LBC website.

Marr had said moving to Global, would give him a “new freedom” to do “fast-paced, very regular political journalism on LBC with no filter”.

 

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