ITV presenter Katy Rickitt, who is married to former Coronation Street star Adam Rickitt, bid a fond farewell to her TV colleague Duncan Wood yesterday. Duncan announced his decision to step down after sparking concern amongst his colleagues last month when he was absent due to “health issues”.
Duncan has worked at ITV Calendar for 19 years and has spent a total of 32 years at ITV.
Katy worked with Duncan on ITV Calendar throughout her time on the show, though the presenter has recently made a return to the channel’s popular Good Morning Britain.
Following the announcement from ITV that Duncan was leaving, Katy took to Twitter to wish him all the best in view of her 20,600 followers.
“I feel honoured to have worked alongside a real Telly legend!” she wrote.
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“It’s been a fantastic ride and I hope you can join the team at six for my fond farewell message! (I sneaked in last night for one last go!)” he added with a tearful emoji.
Yesterday Duncan confirmed ITV’s announcement that he was leaving the show.
“It’s a wrap! Tough decision but one I’ve thought long and hard about,” he tweeted.
“Thank you ITV for 32 rollercoaster years of live telly and to the amazing team @itvcalendar I shall miss you greatly!” (sic)
Addressing his friends and fans a few hours later, he penned: “Thank you so much for all your kind messages, I’m overwhelmed, and promise I will get through them and reply to you all as soon as I can.
“The last 32 yrs at #ITV @itvtynetees #GMTV and @itvcalendar have flown by and I’ve loved every minute of it #livetelly you can’t beat it!”
Back in March, Duncan worried his followers about his absence from ITV calendar, and soon confirmed it was due to “health issues”.
On March 30 he tweeted: “Hi folks, been away from here for a while and absent from @itvcalendar for a good few weeks.
“I’m recovering from some health issues, making progress, and hope to be fit and well soon.
“My heartfelt thanks to all the #NHS staff for their help and support. Take care all.”