Laura Woods broke down in tears live as she announced her departure from talkSPORT’s Breakfast Show.
Woods – who hosted the flagship show for three years – informed talkSPORT listeners that she would be leaving on Wednesday’s show.
The 35-year-old confirmed she would be making her final appearance on Wednesday June 28 before thanking her fans and colleagues for their support over the years.
However, Woods was overwhelmed with emotion and broke down in tears as she discussed her time on the show – saying she felt “so lucky to spend her mornings talking about sports”.
The broadcaster also had tears in his eyes when Ally McCoist praised her for making him feel like he was 18 again ‘before insisting they would be ‘good friends forever’ .
Laura Woods will step down as host of talkSPORT’s breakfast show on June 28
Woods broke down in tears on air announcing his departure from the Breakfast Show
Woods began his announcement by saying, “I have some news for our lovely listeners.” So this is it.
“Obviously, as you know, I’ve been a listener for what seems like a lifetime and I had the job of reviewing Alan Brazil’s diary in 2017. It was 30 minutes a week and I’ve It was the most exciting moment of my career and I absolutely loved it.
Woods began to choke, saying, “Six years I’ve been here now and six years talkSPORT has been my home.” I’ve been so lucky to spend all my mornings sitting here talking about sports.
The radio host had to pause and wave her hands in the air to stop herself from crying before continuing: “I love it obviously, it’s just awesome isn’t it. So basically I tried to write this for a while and get all the words down, but it was really hard.
‘But, I decided it was time to move on. Two weeks today will be my last show.
Woods went on to say, “All of you, our listeners, have given me so much comfort and guided me through some of my toughest times, without you even realizing it. So I wanted to thank you personally. I will miss it very much. Even Spurs fans.
“For what feels like a lifetime I have been a talkSPORT listener. For six years this has been my home, where we spend our mornings talking about sports. There is nothing better. I know that I will never find a job like this. It’s unique.
“Three years as the host of this incredible breakfast show, three pieces of silverware for the trophy cabinet and record viewing figures. I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished here. One thing is sure: I will always be part of this family at talkSPORT.”
Woods then thanked McCoist personally, she said, “Ally, I wanted to tell you in particular, I really feel like I won the lottery working so closely with you like we do.
“When the whole world is talking about a sporting event, you and I sit in these chairs and talk about it together.” It has been the privilege of my life.
‘I don’t think you’ll ever really know how much I’ve learned just by watching you and just being around you. All that natural warmth that you have, and that humor.
“You make me feel like that kid watching A Question of Sport, in awe of you. It happens regularly.
‘You are the epitome of super. You are just great. Thank you for always getting the best out of me, Ally McCoist.
“I don’t think I would be close to the broadcaster I am today if you weren’t really holding my hand.”
Woods ended by saying, “So far no more 3 a.m. alarms, which is just wonderful. But one thing for sure is that I wanted to let you know that I will always be part of this family. I will be back as soon as I can. I love you all. THANKS.
“I’m going to have a vacation, a long sleep and I’ll make a decision on what to expect next.” So again, I can’t say it enough, thank you. Thank you all for having me. I will really miss you.
Woods’ witty rapport with his co-hosts, like Ally McCoist (right), endeared him to millions
Woods is in the running to replace outgoing BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey (above)
However, the real waterworks came when Ally McCoist paid tribute to Woods and thanked her for making him feel “18 again.”
McCoist said, “I know I speak for everyone out that window over there and for all the listeners, Laura.” It was an absolute pleasure. I can’t tell you how much I loved it. I loved it from start to finish. I love you dearly, I know everyone behind this window loves you dearly.
“You have been a real breath of fresh air. You have made me feel 18 again in the nicest way possible and then on a Thursday I am 84 when working with [Alan] Brazil. But you made me feel 18 [again].
“There was a fatality about it, dare I say it, because we all knew you were going somewhere else and you were going to keep heading north.”