He’s been a staple of morning television in Toronto for nearly three decades but this Friday, Kevin Frankish will say goodbye to Breakfast Television.
Frankish announced his departure from the show on Tuesday morning, with co-host Dina Pugliese by his side and his wife Beth sitting just off camera.
“All good things must come to an end … eventually, and so sadly has my time here on Breakfast Television.”
— Breakfast Television Toronto (@BTtoronto) May 29, 2018
Over his 27 years on Breakfast Television, he became a staple in homes across the city. And following the announcements, hundreds of viewers took to Twitter to wish him the best.
“You’re the reason I’ve watched BT all these years. Time for something new. Best wishes to you and I sincerely hope this was your decision and not one forced upon you,” @licktheoreo tweeted.
“You will be so missed, Kevin! I am one of those people who grew up watching you, and still do. You’re the actual 6ix Dad. Looking forward to your docs :),” journalist and comedian Lauren O’Neil tweeted.
“Oh no. You will truly be missed Kevin. Thank you for all you have brought my way for many years of watching. Loved meeting you any chance I could get. Wishing you happiness in wherever the next part of your journey in life takes you. xo,” said @teaqueen180.
“You have been my reason for watching the news every morning, since I was 12 years old. You have helped me so incredibly much when it comes to my anxiety. You are such an inspiration Kevin, and one of my personal heroes. I wish you the absolute best all the love!!!” @raggedyannexo tweeted.
Such a difficult thing to share with you. pic.twitter.com/5qWScO4fQa
— Kevin Frankish (@KevinFrankish) May 29, 2018
Even Mayor John Tory took the time to share his best wishes.
“You are a person that everybody can relate to, getting up in the morning at that difficult time of day, and we’re going to miss you,” Tory said.
“Thank you for many years of service to City and to the city, where you were a very important part of how we live here and how we get up and get along with each other each and every day. Thanks a lot.”
But Frankish won’t be leaving City completely.
He will be making the move from daytime to to primetime with a new documentary series to broadcast on City.
“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,” Rogers said in a statement.
“On behalf of the whole BT family, we want to thank him for his years of service and wish him all the best in his future endeavours, including his new documentary series to broadcast on City. Stay tuned for more details to be announced in the coming months.”