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Ian Wright to leave BBC Match of the Day after 27 years UK News

Wright has been on the BBC show since 1997 but admitted he had seen the decision “coming for a while”.

Explaining on the Sunday edition of Match of the Day, Wright said: “After my debut show whilst still a player in 1997 and many more memorable years, I’ll be stepping back from BBC MOTD at the end of this season.

“I feel very privileged to have had such an incredible run on the most iconic football show in the world.”

Wright added: “Anyone that knows my story knows how much the show has meant to me since I was a young boy. MOTD is my Holy Grail. On my first ever show, I told (presenter) Des Lynam, ‘This is my Graceland’. It will always be my Graceland and I will always be watching.

“I’m stepping back having made great friends and many great memories. I’m really looking forward to my last months on the show and covering what will hopefully be an amazing title race.”

Ian Wright to leave Match of the Day

Discussing the news of Wright’s departure, the Head of BBC TV Sport, Philip Bernie said: “Ian has been a wonderful star player on MOTD since his first appearance over 20 years ago. His insight, wit and warmth have richly entertained and informed all those watching him.

“We will miss his unique style and presence when he goes at the end of this season, but we will be sure to give him the send-off he deserves.”

During his 27 years on Match of the Day, Wright also appeared on MOTD 2 and appeared as a pundit alongside his son, Shaun Wright-Phillips.

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This notice was published: 2023-12-17 10:17:38

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