WATCH: Paul Henry's emotional final sign off

Music 16/12/2016

There wasn't a dry eye in the studio as Paul Henry signed off from his show for the last time.

He paid special tribute to his mum Olive, who passed away on Monday - saying now that his biggest fan had gone, it felt like a fitting time to leave.

"This week I lost my most important audience member, which has probably comfirmed to me that this is the perfect time to end my career, I thank you very much for being part of it.

Henry dedicated his final show to his viewers. "I'd like to dedicate this final programme to you - the most important component in all of this nonsense.

Thanks for listening, watching and taking part." He signed off with a twist on his signature advice: "Make every day a brilliant day in paradise." After two years of early starts, Henry said on Friday's show that he is looking forward to not having to get up in the middle of the night.

"The funny thing about the whole thing, is you pace yourself don't you?" he said on Friday morning's show - his last. "If someone said, 'Actually we're going to do one more week,' I just think I'd stab myself in the heart." Mediaworks' chief news officer Hal Crawford paid tribute to Henry as “an exceptional broadcaster”.

"Paul Henry is a very rare blend - a populist with a massive streak of humanity. It’s been wonderful to work with him for the past six months,” Crawford said.

“I look forward to the special projects we have in store with Paul next year."

Friday might mark the end of Paul Henry the show, but the team behind it promises the man himself will be back on air in 2017.

Henry, with co-hosts Ingrid Hipkiss and Jim Kayes, dramatically improved TV3's ratings in the mornings, particularly in the crucial 25-54 demographic.

Next year will see the 6am slot taken by Duncan Garner's The AM Show.

Producer of both, Sarah Bristow, says she hopes Garner will build on what Henry has achieved over the past two years.

"We are super proud of what we've achieved in such a short timeframe, and we look forward to building on that momentum in what is our next venture in the mornings - The AM Show," she told Newshub.