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Friday, 28 April, 2000, 10:08 GMT 11:08 UK
Tarbuck to leave Big Breakfast
Big Breakfast web ite
Tarbuck revealed her plans on the show's website
Liza Tarbuck is to leave The Big Breakfast to return to an acting career, Channel 4 has confirmed.

A spokesman for the station said the 35-year-old morning show presenter had decided not to renew her contract when it runs out at the end of August.

Tarbuck broke the news to viewers on the show's website.

In an online chat, she said: "It's hard getting up at four, you feel like an exiled monarch. I need to catch up with all my mates all over the country."

She was originally tipped to take over from Denise Van Outen, who left the show in December 1998.


Liza Tarbuck
Rada-trained Tarbuck wants to return to acting

But she was passed over in favour of model Kelly Brook.

However, Brook, then 19, was not a success and she walked out in July 1999, clearing the way for Tarbuck.

The daughter of comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, she trained at Rada before making her name in the late-1980s ITV sitcom Watching.

She returned to prominence working on Channel 4's fashion show She's Gotta Have It.

There will undoubtedly be speculation about her replacement, but Tarbuck refused to be drawn online, telling viewers she would be replaced by "Betty Boothroyd or Frank Dobson".

As well as her current co-host Johnny Vaughan, other Big Breakfast presenters since its launch in 1992 have included Chris Evans, Gaby Roslin, Zoe Ball and Australian actor Mark Little.

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