Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Christ Tarrant made an emotional exit after 16 years as host of the show.ITV

Chris Tarrant has bowed out of Who Wants To Be Millionaire after 16 years on ITV1.

The UK edition of the globally syndicated show was brought to an end with a low key finale, as Tarrant was presented with a bouquet of flowers.

Addressing the viewers he said: "Bless you, it's been a fantastic 16 years. I've loved every minute. There have been lots of magical moments."

"All that remains is for me to thank all of our splendid guests who have braved the hot seat tonight - and over 15 years. And all the millions of you at home for watching."

"From all of us on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - good night and goodbye," he said, as golden ticker tape filled the studio.

The final show featured James Nesbitt, paired with Dom Joly, and Sir Chris Hoy who teamed up with comic Kevin Bridges for the celebrity edition.

There was no big win to end the series either, as the final celebrity pair Countdown star Rachel Riley and Hairy Biker Dave Myers, lost £19,000 with their final incorrect answer.

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Rachel Riley and Dave Myers were the final contestants on the show.ITV

The series, which of late has mostly focused on the celebrity editions, has been axed by ITV.

Since launching in 1998, the globally successful format has spawned 81 international versions of the show, with the franchise extending to countries such as Chile, Afghanistan, Estonia and India, making it one of the most successful programmes in the world.

The show was also the inspiration for Danny Boyle's hit movie Slumdog Millionaire.

A special programme looking back at its outstanding moments will be screened next Tuesday 11 February on ITV.