Eddie Mair’s quit the BBC and people think this might be the best leaving statement ever
You know the drill, when someone in the public eye leaves a job they will typically issue an anodyne statement that no-one wants to use but they do anyway because it’s the only one they’ve got.
And then every now and again this happens, after it was announced that Eddie Mair, who presents Radio 4’s PM programme, was leaving the BBC after 30 years (to join LBC, it turns out).
This was his statement.
— Sam Hodges (@SamHodges) July 1, 2018
Beautifully done, sir! And it’s why so many PM listeners will be sad to see him go.
Eddie Mair is leaving the BBC… with the best resignation statement I’ve ever seen pic.twitter.com/v5YEcYdm1m
— William Rose (@WillRose_) July 1, 2018
This statement is, fittingly, peak Eddie Mair. https://t.co/5c7u7ferQw
— Chris Cook (@xtophercook) July 1, 2018
— Tom Sutcliffe (@tds153) July 1, 2018
I am pretty sure that Eddie Mair leaving the BBC is a bit like the ravens leaving the tower of London
— The Rt Hon Leggy Mountbatten (@Zardoz67) July 1, 2018
I will personally fix all the doors in both New and Old Broadcasting House to prevent Eddie Mair from leaving. Yes, the rest of us will be trapped inside, but it’s a small price to pay.
— Alistair Coleman (@alistaircoleman) July 1, 2018
And here’s what the man himself had to say on Twitter.
Thank you for all the kind words. I appreciate them. But there are journalists in the world who are being shot, jailed, held hostage or forced to work with @corrie_corfield. I’m only changing jobs. So please do something about them. (Not Corrie. She’s lovely. Mainly)
— Eddie Mair (@eddiemair) July 1, 2018
— Eddie Mair (@eddiemair) July 2, 2018
And if you’re wondering why people are going to miss him, have a listen to this.
Eddie Mair to a bumbling Boris Johnson. This is not the Two Ronnies. You don’t get to answer the previous question.” pic.twitter.com/YYlmsXLdcT
— SimonNRicketts (@SimonNRicketts) June 21, 2017