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Amanda Holden Leaves 'This Morning', Hosting Emotional Final Show Ahead Of Holly Willoughby's Return

17/07/2015 13:25 BST | Updated 17/07/2015 15:59 BST

Amanda Holden bid a tearful farewell to ‘This Morning’ on Friday (17 July), as her stint presenting the ITV daytime show came to an end.

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The ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge has been covering Holly Willoughby’s maternity leave since last September, but the regular host is readying herself to return to the show, thus marking the end of Amanda’s reign on the daytime sofa.

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Mandy bid viewers an emotional farewell

There were tears aplenty as Amanda bid viewers of the ITV show goodbye and thanked co-host Phillip Schofield.

After being shown a montage of her best bits, Amanda said: “I have to say it's been one of the happiest years of my life. I know it sounds dramatic but I’ve absolutely loved it.”

She added: “I’m going to be watching with you lot, back in my dressing gown!”

She was then surprised by her ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ golden buzzer act, choir Revelation Avenue, who busted out a rendition of Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ on London’s Southbank.

Holly also made an appearance in a video clip, thanking Amanda for keeping her seat warm.

“I’m very much looking forward to being back in September,” she said.

“Amanda, thank you so much for all your hard work, but now it is time for you to hand me back my silver fox,” she joked.

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Holly Willoughby recorded a video message for Amanda

Her final show also saw her take revenge on her ‘BGT’ co-star Stephen Mulhern, throwing another glass of water over him live on-air, for a joke about her age that he made on the ITV talent show earlier this year.

After the credits rolled, Amanda took to Twitter to share a picture of her amazing farewell cake:

‘This Morning’ will continue to air over the summer with Friday presenters Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes taking the reigns, while Phillip is on his annual summer break.

He will then return to the show along with Holly for a new series in September.

Watch - in our humble opinion - Mandy's best bit on 'This Morning' below...

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