Sunday 22 July 2018

'I feel like I've lost a friend' – Listeners get emotional as George Hook says final farewell to The Right Hook

George Hook. Photo: Mark Condren
George Hook. Photo: Mark Condren

Meadhbh McGrath

George Hook signed off from The Right Hook this evening after 14 years with an emotional broadcast which left listeners in tears.

Earlier today, the beloved Newstalk host took to Twitter to share some of his favourite memories from the programme, such as his report from the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and the nostalgia continued once he went on air.

As well as the usual debate and banter, Hook reminisced on the funniest and most heart-rending moments from the show, while listeners sent in plenty of well wishes ahead of his new lunchtime slot.

As the final edition came to a close, fans on social media bid the radio legend a fond farewell.

“I feel like I’ve lost a friend. You’ll be sorely missed George,” Mark Patrick wrote on Facebook.

Another fan, Colin McDonough, wrote: “Best of luck George and thanks for the memories. Rarely agreed with you but always enjoyed the show, like a good pub argument without the drink!”

Hook will anchor a new lunchtime slot from 12-2pm, starting in September.

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