Longtime Breakfast Television co-host Kevin Frankish announced on the broadcast Tuesday that he’s leaving the show.
His last day will be Friday.
“All good things must come to an end . . . eventually, and so sadly has my time here on Breakfast Television,” a teary Frankish said as he read from a statement.
A familiar face on television for Torontonians waking up in the morning, Frankish joined City TV in 1991. Frankish, 54, said he’ll continue working on documentaries and special projects for City.
“Many of you who started watching me as kids, come up to me now with kids of your own,” he said. “Some of you may remember when I proposed to my wife on air. I have shared with you the birth of all four of my children. When I had that panic attack on air, I shared that with you and we have since gone on a journey of my battle with depression together. Many of you in turn have shared so many of your stories. We are truly family.”
He gave a hug to his co-host Dina Pugliese as tears fell.
“This has been my life for so many years,” he said as his wife Beth joined him on air.
— Breakfast Television Toronto (@BTtoronto) May 29, 2018
In 2006, Frankish revealed that he was dealing with panic attacks. At times, they go so bad while he was on air, they would have to go to commercial break, according to an article on the CityNews website.
“We have to get it out in the open,” Frankish said at the time. “This is not something to be ashamed of. It is not something to be ashamed of so talk about it.”
Viewers instantly recognize Frankish’s face and his trademark suspenders. A sign that he’s a staple on the Toronto scene?
He’s on a cartoon mural inspired by the city in the Monte Carlo laundromat at Keele St. and Lawrence Ave. W.
#The6Mural features more than 400 references to everything and anyone who the artist Rob De Luca believes represents Toronto and its story whether it be the runaway capybaras, the giant rubber ducky or Jays second baseman Robbie Alomar.
I am so overwhelmed by all of your kind tweets. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
— Kevin Frankish (@KevinFrankish) May 29, 2018
Frankish is the second long-time TV morning personality to leave his post this year.
In March, Steve Anthony left after nine years as a co-host on CP24 Breakfast to work on “businesses and projects that we have been nurturing.”