On the Christmas Sunday broadcast of “This Week,” Amanpour gave her final sign-off. (Transcript as follows):
I want to thank you all for inviting me into your homes every Sunday for the past year and half. It’s been an enormous privilege to anchor this prestigious program as we’ve traveled around the country and parts of the world together. As I noted earlier, this has been the year of the people. You, and people like you from every corner of the globe have made your voices heard and it’s exhilarating to be able to cover and experience democracy in action, whether the old or newborn.
In the New Year, you can find me off on new adventures, covering global affairs and challenges here at home in this struggling economy. I’ll be doing specials on “Primetime” and on all the other ABC News programs.
And finally, I would like to thank the dedicated staff of “This Week,” which works tirelessly to get this program on the air every week. And they’ll be in good hands with my colleague George Stephanopoulos who takes over this broadcast on Sunday, January the 8th.
“This Week” under Amanpour has struggled somewhat in the ratings race. Her replacement George Stephanopoulos hosted “This Week” from 2002 until Amanpour took over in 2010.