He's a Northern Ireland institution - and last week Julian Simmons said goodbye to the iconic role at UTV that made him famous.
Now the Belfast star, who spent more than three decades at the station, is taking some time to look back at his extraordinary memories on and off screen - and to look ahead at what's coming next.
"It's sad of course, but I have to admit there was no big, dramatic episode with me walking out of the building when I left at midnight last Monday," says Julian.
"I'd actually been furloughed for months and months, so I haven't actually been there since March. When the news came in that it was all over, I'd already seen the way things were going so I wasn't surprised by it, and I'll always say that from the moment ITV took over a few years ago both myself and Gillian Porter were treated like royalty as the continuity announcers.
"They treated us like part of the family and we were asked over to London to the dos, and they were very, very good to us. I've no complaints at all.
"But leaving last week, well there wasn't all that much emotion if I'm honest. It's been such a strange year, and I haven't been in to my locker to collect any of my things because there's barely anyone there anyway.
"I left for a holiday to Rio back in March, and I haven't stepped foot in the place since."
And in his trademark style, Julian jokes his way through recollections of his time at UTV.
"For me, UTV was always such a big, happy family," says the star. "For all those years there were always so many people in the building and so much craic going on that I had a wonderful time.
"Of course there were so many terrifying times too, when things went horribly wrong for me live on air. If I got something wrong, the whole world saw it, especially at the start.
"At first we didn't have autocue so I'd have to memorise everything and get it right off the top of my head, and sometimes I'd make such a complete hash of it.
"I'd be introducing a programme that was coming on after the one I was meant to be introducing, but the times were so tight I'd have no time to correct myself.
"We'd be in the studio with a wall of glass and the controller on the other side and I'd see the hands going in the air. I'd be thinking, what's he on about? And by the time I'd cottoned on it was far too late."
But as time went on and he settled into the role, the presenter - who double jobbed for many years, working at the same time as a travel agent and even at Heathrow airport until the late 1990s - made an art form of continuity broadcasting.
"It's all a process of learning," says Julian. "As you get more experience you learn you have to deal with things and sort them out as best you can on air.
"The job was very much against the clock and you'd have 25 seconds to introduce a programme. If you made a gaffe you didn't have much time to fix it, and eventually I think people thought, right there's that eejit, what's he doing now.
"I sort or learned to laugh my way through it eventually, but at first I'd be absolutely mortified every time I made a mistake. It was the sort of thing that would keep me awake at night.
"I never really thought of quitting over the worry of it, but there were certainly days I thought, I'm going to be flung out on my ear over that."
Developing his own unique style with well known catchphrases like, 'And now on the UTV', Julian was perhaps best known for his hammed-up intros to Coronation Street, passing remarks on the characters' dodgy hair dos or questionable relationship choices.
"I loved all that," he says. "It all came from overhearing real Belfast people talking and gossiping on the train, and I thought I'd try it out. I'd joke about Ivy Tilsley's roots or whatever, and people luckily liked the joke. I remember seeing cars with stickers that said, 'Ivy, get your roots done!' which was brilliant."
And now that his continuity role at UTV is gone - his regular onscreen slot was axed back in 2016 - Julian admits treating the soaps with a sense of humour was getting tougher as time went on.
"I wouldn't watch the soaps as much now as I used to," he says. "I've had lots of people telling me they're finding the soaps a bit too heavy and too depressing. I know it's one of those things though because they're there to reflect a lot of real life.
"That's good, but I think it should offer a bit of escapism too. Now with the soaps the situations are more and more controversial so you couldn't really take the hand out of them because you would risk hurting so many people.
"As the years have gone on, common sense has told me, this is too nitty gritty to joke about. It was fun when you had Annie Walker and Minnie Caldwell having a row, just great folksy stuff. You'd be able to say, did you see that frock on her, has she no mirrors on the walls to look at herself? But things have changed a lot in that way and you definitely have to watch what you say more than you used to."
And while he says he thinks people "seem inclined to be offended" more than they once were, Julian says he himself is pretty hard to shock - something he puts down to his time working in travel.
"Working in the airline industry you develop something of a rhinoceros skin," he laughs. "You're dealing with all aspects of the human condition when you're doing that work - and then of course there are the wonderful jibes you get on the streets of Belfast, so you have to be able to laugh things off."
Sharing an insight into just how hectic life was for years as he juggled work commitments with both UTV and Air Canada, he says: "It used to be wild actually. My life was ruled by A4 sheets with all my shifts written out, and in hindsight I probably did go completely bonkers with it all but I managed it for years. I just had to be quite methodical."
It wasn't until 1996 that the star gave up his work with the airline - due to a clash of schedules at the time of his very first, and only, Grand Opera House panto, Mother Goose.
"For years it was fine," says Julian. "In those days it was still permissible to pay people to cover your shifts for you, so I'd often swap with people working along with me at Heathrow if something came up in Northern Ireland that I had to get to.
"I'd never really have a clash with UTV because I was able to coordinate those things, but I'd get calls now and then about other things, like I'd be getting ready to head off to the airport on a wee airbus from Great Victoria Street - in those days it was like an ice cream van with 10 seats on it - and I'd get a message to say some Gladiator was supposed to be in Portadown that day, but had chickened out because of bomb scare.
"So I'd fly back and forth and rearrange everything, and get someone in to cover for me so I could get back to Northern Ireland for whatever job I had to do. So many people worked for Air Canada at the time I'd always be able to get someone to cover for me and people living over near Heathrow had such phenomenal mortgages - they'd give you a coronary thinking about it - that they were always happy for the extra money."
And while the schedule was hectic, Julian says he had a great time during that period.
"I was having a really wonderful life," he reflects. "It was the best of both worlds because they were two jobs I loved, they were both great craic to be involved with and I just threw myself into it.
"In the end it was the panto in Belfast that put a stop to it all.
"Usually at Air Canada they gave people a leave of absence around Christmas, people with families and things like that who wanted a bit of time off.
"So this particular year I took that time myself and agreed to do the panto. I played a baddie in Mother Goose, Demon Vanity, alongside John Lenaghan as May McFettridge. And then all of a sudden all leave of absence was cancelled, but I'd already signed the contracts for the panto, so I was snookered. I had to leave Air Canada.
"It was sad, but I remember on the last day at Heathrow I finished up and got my flight back home and left without a fuss."
With such a big profile at home, Julian recalls some of the funny encounters he had with members of the public who were