Cape Town – Tears unashamedly streamed down his face as Ewan Strydom bid goodbye as a TV presenter of SABC3's morning show Expresso 8 and a half years after he joined the Cape Town based lifestyle show as his co-hosts shared emotional and moving messages.
It was announced on Tuesday on air that it was his last day on the show. Ewan teared up when his co-presenters shared final goodbye messages during this morning's broadcast, along with a tribute lookback with two clips that were played.
The energetic and friendly Ewan is one of the remaining original presenters together with Katlego Maboe and Leigh-Anne Williams who are both still with the show, when it made its debut in October 2010 as a new live breakfast show on SABC3.
Before joining Expresso, Ewan was part of M-Net's All Access weekly magazine show produced from Cape Town before it got cancelled.
During his time with the programme, he also became a dad of two.
No reason for Ewan's departure from Expresso was given on Tuesday, and Tswelopele Productions responsible for the show issued no statement through SABC3 in response to media enquiries.
"I don't know how we're going to do Expresso without you. I feel Expresso is you. But you have been the best part of our mornings," said Leigh-Anne. "You are one of the most incredible people we will ever know in this lifetime. You are as real off-screen as you are on-screen".
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Katlego mentioned how he was "On this journey with you since day one when this studio was nothing but rubble and cement bags and kruiwaens".
"In such a massive way over the years you have been my support in so many of the life challenges that I've gone through." Katlego said "there's no way that I could ever have done this without you. Thank you for your friendship. From my heart, thank you."
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Graeme Richards said "I can't tell you how much you mean to me; how much you mean to everyone here. Everyone is a little bit broken because you are just honestly one of the most authentic, genuine guys." He said "this bond, and this connection - nothing will ever affect that".
As the end credits rolled and his voice wavering, Ewan said "It's incredibly difficult to say goodbye. I will miss you all dearly. You are my family. You've become my world. I don't know how to do this. I'm not a crier. But it's been a journey that I will never forget.""It's been an incredible past couple of years. I treasure so much you guys who became the closest people in my life. And the thought of having to say goodbye and not spending the mornings with you is heartbreaking for me. It really is."
"To you at home as well, thank you for allowing me into your homes every single morning."