Dave Briggs Leaves ‘Fox and Friends’ With Emotional On-Air Farewell [Video]

Dave Briggs, co-anchor of Fox and Friends Weekend, has announced that he will leave the show at the end of 2012. The 36-year-old anchor announced the news in an emotional farewell on the December 22 edition of the popular show.

Briggs declared his departure from the Fox show while sat alongside co-hosts Alisyn Camerota and Clayton Morris, who gifted their colleague with a variety of loudly colored socks and a framed caricature drawing of all three anchors. Swallowing back tears at various points in his farewell, Briggs told Camerota and Morris:

“I’m not going away! Just going somewhere else in the New Year. I will miss the two of you more than I can speak. You’ve made me better and you made the show better. You’ve been my work family!”

Briggs, who joined Fox News in 2008 as weekend co-anchor, added:

“It’s been the best show, best job of my life. I will never have a job I enjoy more, no matter where I go.”

According to TVNewser, Briggs’ contract came to an end “by mutual consent.” Morris joked that Briggs was “replacing Bill O’Reilly.”

Before he joined Fox, Briggs was a sports anchor for Comcast SportsNet New England, and also anchored at WHDH in Boston and KOKI in Tulsa. His future position within Fox is currently unknown.

Are you a regular viewer of Fox and Friends? Do you think the show will miss Dave Briggs from its “curvy couch”? Let us know in the comments and check out Dave Briggs’ announcement in the footage below: