Steph McGovern left wiping away tears as she bids farewell to 'BBC Breakfast'

Amy Johnson

Steph McGovern became visibly emotional as she said a last goodbye to her BBC Breakfast colleagues on Wednesday morning.

She officially left the programme several months ago, and it's the first time the 37-year-old has been on live TV since giving birth to her daughter.

McGovern, who is set to host her own programme on Channel 4 later this year, became rather tearful as she was shown a montage of her best bits by presenters Dan Walker and Louise Minchin.

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Steph McGovern became emotional as she said goodbye to the show. (BBC)
Steph McGovern became emotional as she said goodbye to the show. (BBC)

"I totally didn't expect to cry but there we are," she said.

"It's been brilliant and you know what, I've loved the family here, the team behind the scenes who work day and night to make us look good and all the crew and everything who make us look good as well, couldn't do without them."

Sally Nugent and Carol Kirkwood were also brought on to the set, where they presented the mother-of-one with a hard hat and ear defenders as a reminder of the field reports she’d done in factories and warehouses.

Steph McGovern was joined by her former colleagues. (BBC)
Steph McGovern was joined by her former colleagues. (BBC)

In addition, McGovern received video messages of support from her former colleagues Robert Peston and Bill Turnbull.

Peston, a former business and economics editor for the BBC, even jested McGovern should be up for the role of director general for the broadcaster.

The show's official Twitter account also posted photos of McGovern with the BBC Breakfast team saying a "fond farewell" to McGovern.

The presenter will be fronting the current affairs programme The Steph Show on Channel 4 when it launches this spring.

She announced she would be leaving BBC Breakfast just three months after revealing she was pregnant with her first child.

McGovern and her partner welcomed a baby girl back in November, although the host has kept the baby's name and the identity of her girlfriend private.