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An emotional farewell to Leigh Sales in the 7:30 finale


Leigh Sales delivered an emotional farewell to viewers as she signed on to her final show as host 7:30.

Leigh Sales made her last show as host of ABC’s 7:30 p.m. Thursday before leaving to spend more time with her family.

Sales barely held back tears as they signed off on expiration for the last time.

“It was an absolute privilege. Thank you for having me, good night,” she said.

Cameras caught Sales wiping her eyes as the show’s credits rolled.

The Walkley Award-winning journalist announced earlier this year that she is leaving the show after more than a decade of hosting the show.

She explained that the decision to leave was the right one and allowed her to spend more time with her two young sons.

High-ranking government ministers who find themselves in the line of asking tough sales questions have saluted on Twitter.

Veteran Labor Secretary Tanya Plibersek called her “a brilliant journalist – intelligent, thorough, compassionate and relentless.”

“Your pursuit of the truth has helped Australians better understand our country and our world,” said Ms. Pleibersk.

Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers described the sales as “a fierce, formidable, and elegant detective.”

“It was a big deal to interview her (and often a relief when it was over!). A complete professional and an absolute legend,” he said.

A special will air from 7:30 a.m. Friday given the sales team’s years as a broadcaster.

Sales delivered most of its final program with practicing professionalism – reporting on the war in Ukraine and the indictment of National Crime Agency bomber Dominic Perry.

She last interviewed three experts on a Uluru statement from the heart and an Indigenous voice in Parliament, on which Australia will hold a referendum in the coming years.

During more than a decade in this position, Sales has interviewed everyone from prime ministers to country music stars and brought the biggest global events to Australian living rooms.

Among the many world leaders, artists and cultural icons are Hillary Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, Sir Paul McCartney, Patti Smith and Salman Rushdie.

Sales joined ABC in 1995 and has worked as a New South Wales political correspondent, national security correspondent, Washington correspondent and host for Lateline.

Sales said she is looking forward to new challenges in the field and the opportunity to put her family first.

“My boys really want me to come home more in the evening. When they were young, it was fine, because I could hang out with them in the morning,” she told 2GB on Thursday.

“But now they’re at school, I don’t get much time with them in the morning, and then when I get home I often get really tired but then because they didn’t see me they wanted to talk.

“I feel bad if I’m kind of exhausted and I want them to sleep because I think it’s not fair.”

She cited some of the larger-than-life figures in Australian politics as posing the most difficult interviews.

She said, “The most difficult of them are those who ask a question on the basis of reason and logic and do not answer in a logical way.”

“So Cliff Palmer, Bob Cutter, where they kind of explode in the shadows and if you’re trying to follow them, it’s really hard.”

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