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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 May, 2005, 12:23 GMT 13:23 UK
David Frost bows out of Breakfast
Sir David Frost

Sir David Frost has hosted his final Breakfast with Frost programme for the BBC after 500 editions.

The last Breakfast with Frost looked back over the past 12 years in a special final show on Sunday morning.

The veteran broadcaster was joined by former prime minister Sir John Major and former Labour leader Lord Kinnock, to discuss the 1992 general election.

Impressionist Rory Bremner gave a light-hearted reminder of some of Sir David's guests over the years.

Fellow guest Archbishop Desmond Tutu reflected upon the momentous developments in South Africa, and around the world, over the past 12 years.

Breakfast With Frost is going to be missed
Prime Minister Tony Blair

Music was provided by Sir Willard White accompanied by Carl Davis, while the newspapers were reviewed by Carol Vorderman, Gyles Brandreth and Nigella Lawson.

Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher was among those to pay tribute Sir David in a specially recorded piece, describing him as a "giant in his profession".

"David practically invented the searching interview," she said.

Prime Minister Tony Blair, who regularly appeared on the programme, said: "Although his questioning was always courteous, he always managed to get reams of information out of you.

"It is great to know [Sir David] is going to go on and do other things, which I'm sure he will do brilliantly, but Breakfast With Frost is going to be missed."

After the surprise recorded tributes were played, Sir David said it was "the first time in 500 shows I haven't known what was coming next, but it was a wonderful feeling".

He added: "It's very much an au revoir, than a goodbye.

"On a personal note I would just like to thank you to all of you who got in touch to say how much you were going to miss Breakfast with Frost.

"We are going to miss you too."

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