'WE ARE TRULY FAMILY': Kevin Frankish leaving City TV's Breakfast Television

'WE ARE TRULY FAMILY': Kevin Frankish leaving City TV's Breakfast Television
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May 29, 2018
May 29, 2018 1:43 PM EDT
Kevin Frankish, of City-TV's Breakfast Television.
Kevin Frankish, the longtime host of City TV’s Breakfast Television, is leaving the show.
An emotional Frankish made the announcement Tuesday morning. His last day is Friday.
“We have shared so much together for so many years,” he said in a statement. “Many of you who started watching me as kids come up to me now as parents with kids of your own. Some of you may remember when I proposed to my wife on the air.
“I have shared with you the birth of all four of my children. When I had a panic attack on air, I shared THAT with you and we have since gone on a journey of my battle with depression together.
“In fact, many of you in turn have shared so many of your stories. We are truly family.
“It is this fact that makes what I have to say so difficult. All good things must come to an end … eventually, and so sadly has my time here at Breakfast Television.
“Friday will be my last day on this program.”
Fans on Twitter were quick to react to Frankish’s news:
— “I grew up watching you and you were a part of many people’s morning routines. Thanks for the memories @KevinFrankish and good luck on your future endeavours.”
— “Thank you Kevin for your professionalism, laughter, honesty and sharing! Wishing you well in the next chapter.”
— “I’ve watched you since grade 8 and that was when Kim Campbell was PM. Toronto mornings won’t be the same without you!”
— “I am going to miss Kevin. When one of youse leave it is like a part of my family that is leaving. When you watch everyday it is like all of you are family.”
— “BT will never be the same! Best of luck in the future! You will be missed!”
In 2016, Breakfast Television fans were also upset at the departure of 23-year veteran Jennifer Valentyne, who at the time said she was let go because the show was going “in a different direction.”
Frankish said he will be working on documentaries for City TV in the future.
Rogers Media, which owns City, issued a statement wishing Frankish all the best in his future endeavours.
“Kevin has been a trusted face invited into the homes of our viewers for the past 27 years, and a leader in the vision of Breakfast Television,” the statement said.
“Stay tuned for more details to be announced in the coming months.”
— With files from the Canadian Press

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