Paul Henry's final sign off will make you cry like a baby

Vids 16/12/2016

Guys. We are seriously balling our eyes out RN.

There wasn't a dry eye in the studio as Paul Henry signed off from his show for the last time.

He paid special tribute to his mum Olive, who passed away on Monday - saying now that his biggest fan had gone, it felt like a fitting time to leave.

"This week I lost my most important audience member, which has probably comfirmed to me that this is the perfect time to end my career, I thank you very much for being part of it.

Henry dedicated his final show to his viewers.

"I'd like to dedicate this final programme to you - the most important component in all of this nonsense. Thanks for listening, watching and taking part."

He signed off with a twist on his signature advice: "Make every day a brilliant day in paradise."

After two years of early starts, Henry said on Friday's show that he is looking forward to not having to get up in the middle of the night.

"The funny thing about the whole thing, is you pace yourself don't you?" he said on Friday morning's show - his last.

"If someone said, 'Actually we're going to do one more week,' I just think I'd stab myself in the heart."

Mediaworks' chief news officer Hal Crawford paid tribute to Henry as “an exceptional broadcaster”.

"Paul Henry is a very rare blend - a populist with a massive streak of humanity. It’s been wonderful to work with him for the past six months,” Crawford said. “I look forward to the special projects we have in store with Paul next year."