Grimshaw’s tenure on the show will be defined by her hard hitting, exclusive and often explosive interviews. In her 17 years with the program, she’s grilled everyone from prime ministers and prime ministers to celebrities and sports stars.
But in her closing remarks, the 62-year-old, who won a Walkley Award in 2009 for her work on the show, revealed that TV moments like this might never have happened if it weren’t for the viewers.
“When I first started at A current situation“My bosses didn’t like interviews longer than four minutes, but look at us now,” she said. “Interviews can run the whole show because you told us you like them. We are your show, and a million of you who watch every night know that. Thank you. We wouldn’t be here without you.”
Thursday night’s episode paid tribute to her time on the show and featured a revolving door of famous faces to wish her luck.
ABC journalist Leigh Sales – who left the ABCs 7:30 earlier this year with her own similar tribute episode – saying “I’m terrified of the extremely long lunch that lies in our future”.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese stated “Australian television will never be the same”, while broadcaster Ray Hadley of 2GB (also owned by Nine) praised Grimshaw’s “forensic interviewing style”.
Radio host Kyle Sandilands, meanwhile, recalled his own infamous encounter with Grimshaw in 2013. “When I first met you in person, I knew you weren’t a fan of mine,” he said. “Forty minutes later I felt like you were my best friend. You are that good.”
Also sharing tributes were Ita Buttrose, Steve Liebmann, Jeff Kennett, Eddie McGuire, Andy Lee, Josh Frydenberg, Sam Newman and Nick Giannopoulos.
Grimshaw’s departure means one of TV’s most in-demand jobs is up for grabs for the first time since 2006.
Allison Langdon, co-host of Nine’sToday showis the popular favorite to get the nomination, and Grimshaw hinted that it wouldn’t be long before her replacement was revealed.
“Soon all of you will find out who will be in this chair next year, so please welcome them.”
And with that it was time.
“Thanks for your company,” she said. “Good night.”