Harry Smith Signs Off the Early Show for the Final Time

After nearly 4,500 broadcasts on CBS, long-time Early Show anchor Harry Smith signed off the morning program for the last time Friday.

Smith's final edition featured a look back at his combined 17 years at the morning anchor desk. He described his feeling as "one of gratitude, absolute gratitude" and he thanked his family for dealing with his demanding schedule over the years.

The 59-year-old Smith served as co-anchor of CBS This Morning from 1987 to 1996 and returned to the renamed Early Show in 2002. His final episode also included a taped tribute from Oprah Winfrey. "You hold the viewers, me being one of them, in the highest of esteem," she said.

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