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Put On Your Stylish Mourning Outfit, Because Lee Lin Chin Has Quit SBS

The iconic news presenter has been on our screens for over 30 years.

This Sunday will be iconic news presenter Lee Lin Chin’s last ever broadcast on SBS. It is truly the end of an era.

For over thirty years, Lee Lin Chin has been the extremely fashionable and trusted face of World News SBS. She’s also famous for her extremely sassy Twitter account, and for her surprise nomination for a Gold Logie last year.

It’s a dark day for the blasted fields of the Australian media landscape, with Nine gobbling up Fairfax like a snack, and our most legendary broadcaster leaving the the public eye (hopefully temporarily).

In an interview with Ten Daily, Lee Lin Chin talked about the reasons behind her decision to retire from SBS.

“There’s not one big reason, there’s many small to medium-sized reasons, which for the time being I wish to keep to myself but may talk about one day. One reason I shall reveal however is that working two days a week didn’t give me enough time to devote to the pub and re-reading the complete works of Shakespeare. So now that I work zero days that issue has been addressed,” says Lee Lin.

“It has been something I’ve considered for a number of years now. I thought SBS would just fire me one day so I’d never have to make the decision, they obviously didn’t and in fact offered me a two year contract extension at the start of the year. So I had to start considering it a lot more seriously.”

She’s aware that her departure will be devastating for the small island nation of Australia, and hopes that we won’t take it too personally.

“The reason why it took so long was because of the fans. Every day at least five people will approach me and say that they love me on the news and that they watch every week. It does feel slightly as if I am letting them down by leaving. Please don’t hate me,” says Lee Lin.

We could never hate you, Lee Lin.

Read the full interview over at Ten Daily.