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Host Huq bows out of Blue Peter
Konnie Huq
Huq, 32, joined Blue Peter when she was 22

Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq has made her last appearance on the show after a run of 10 years.

The 32-year-old, who is leaving the programme for a break and to pursue other projects, said that it had been "the best job in the world".

Huq is the 50-year-old show's longest-serving female presenter, beaten only by 1970s host John Noakes.

The final year of her tenure was marred by the faking of the results of a competition to name a cat.


Huq's final film shoot involved a prank played by her fellow presenters in which she had to dissect an octopus at London's Billingsgate fish market.

She was also quizzed about her decade on the programme and received tribute messages from past presenters and celebrities including comics Matt Lucas and Vic Reeves.

Gordon Brown also wished her well in a pre-recorded message.

Huq also paid tribute to the presenters she has worked with during her decade on the show and Blue Peter's resident pets.

An edition dedicated to Huq's "best bits" on the programme will be aired on Wednesday at 1700 GMT on BBC One.

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