Celebrities and politicians have given a mixed reaction to the departure from the airwaves of Radio 4 Today presenter John Humphrys.
The longstanding Today programme host has bid farewell with his final show.
He's been praised online for "bravely" holding politicians to account on the current affairs programme, as well as being labelled "annoying".
The broadcaster, 76, is leaving after 32 years.
Comedian and Today listener Kathy Burke joked: "I've never been married but being furious with John Humphrys at least three out of five days every other week has felt like I was.
"Think I'm gonna miss the miserable old git. Good luck to him."
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker called him "one of the great broadcasters".
One of the great broadcasters. That gravelly voice will be much missed. https://t.co/kFrBOP1tTm— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 19, 2019
Entrepreneur and former "dragon" Theo Paphitis from the BBC show Dragons' Den added it had been an "emotional morning".
An emotional morning as #JohnHumphrys hangs up his headphones for the last time🎧He has been the voice of my morning for over 32 years. An incredible radio legacy with many political interviews under his belt.— Theo Paphitis (@TheoPaphitis) September 19, 2019
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who has had many a heated debate with Humphrys down the years, thanked him for his "huge contribution to public service broadcasting in our country", while admitting "at times I could have brained you for your interruptions".
"Your forensic interviews held us all to account enhancing our political debate," he added. "Have a great retirement".
Anna Soubry MP, the leader of the Independent Group for Change, also paid tribute despite finding him "occasionally annoying".
#JohnHumphrys is an outstanding broadcaster & will be missed. He is versatile, brave, with an underlying humanity who doesn’t let anyone off the hook and rightly so (and occasionally annoying).— Anna Soubry MP (@Anna_Soubry) September 19, 2019
#r4today @BBCr4today #legend https://t.co/aUg6jxITva
Speaking to the BBC's David Sillito after Humphrys' last show, his former colleague Sue MacGregor admitted the famously irascible broadcaster could be "grouchy" but praised "the absolutely forensic way in which he interviews politicians".
The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg declared it's "been a privilege" working with him.
John’s last big interview with David Cameron is fittingly today’s 8.10 - been a privilege to have been (trying!) to answer his questions for the last 4 years explaining this crazy era in politics - only a sliver of his amazing career https://t.co/8igo0Wj1Pv— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) September 19, 2019
Many more of the broadcaster's BBC colleagues and friends have been lining up to praise "The Master", describing today as a "sad" occasion.
Listening to the Master one last time, I’m reminded of one of my favourite books...his. I bought this 20 years ago, when I was starting out in the brilliant world of reporting. I’ve flicked back to it regularly ever since pic.twitter.com/jwVFj9GYGj— Chris Mason (@ChrisMasonBBC) September 19, 2019
Really sad that my good friend John Humphrys is finally leaving @BBCr4today. And for all those people who are so irreflectively sure he’s pro or anti Brexit, or Lab or Con, I promise that I’ve known him well for 42 years & have absolutely no idea. I suspect he’s agin all sides.— John Simpson (@JohnSimpsonNews) September 18, 2019
John Humphrys really deserves all the accolades. I found that the more I saw him at work on @BBCr4today close up, the more I respected him and understood why he had such enduring appeal. Way more to him than the adversarial interviews people talk about. #humphryslastday— Evan Davis (@EvanHD) September 19, 2019
Elsewhere, Piers Morgan labelled Humphrys as "the greatest radio interrogator of them all".
His ITV colleague Robert Peston noted: "You care about the craft in the way that not enough do".
Meanwhile Sky's Kay Burley also said she would miss him, urging the outgoing presenter to enjoy a lie-in after decades of early wake-ups on the current affairs breakfast show.
'My apologies if I've been a teeny-weeny bit grumpy...'— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 19, 2019
- John Humphrys bows out from @BBCr4today after 32 gloriously irascible years.
No apology necessary.
He's been the greatest radio interrogator of them all, and will be hugely missed. 👍 pic.twitter.com/p1Hc6rBwz5
From one total obsessive to another, you will be missed John Humphrys. You care about the craft in the way that not enough do— Robert Peston (@Peston) September 19, 2019
However, it's fair to say not everybody was sad to see the back of the often divisive presenter.
Former Labour transport secretary Andrew Adonis declared he is "delighted that John Humphrys is leaving the Today programme."
I am delighted that John Humphrys is leaving the Today programme. He dragged it down to a radio version of the Daily Mail - it needs big change— Andrew Adonis (@Andrew_Adonis) September 19, 2019
So does BBC Question Time
Telegraph journalist Michael Deacon was clearly not a fan of Humphrys' interviewing technique.
And campaigner Nicky Clark claimed that no departing female presenter would receive so much fanfare, saying: "I'm not sure this would happen to a woman. Ultimately I'm sure it wouldn't."
Normally if an interviewer asks the same question again and again, it's because the politician hasn't answered it. John Humphrys asks the same question again and again even though the politician answered it five minutes ago, and is continuing to answer it now— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) September 19, 2019
Former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett tweeted she "won't say anything" about Humphrys' departure.
Today is John Humphrys last day on #r4today, so it seems appropriate to be polite.— Natalie Bennett (@natalieben) September 19, 2019
I won't say anything.