Former TVNZ reporter Matt McLean posted a heartfelt message to best friend Jack Tame on social media today.
McLean, who left the state broadcaster in April to head overseas, has been friends with Tame for 12 years.
No stranger to the Breakfast show himself, McLean wished Tame the best of luck for his first stint at hosting with a montage of throwback photos of the two of them together.
"I've been fortunate to call Jack Tame my best mate for 12 years now, and in that time there's been so much I've been proud of him for. but I've never been prouder than i am today, as he relaunches Breakfast as the new co-host...Jack is incredibly passionate, hard working, and so entertaining. go hard buddy, and go smash it!
ps: you get today. today I'm mushy, but tomorrow I'll return to bringing you back down to earth by telling you you're not as funny as you think you are etc."
McLean livestreamed the programme from his new home in London. In one tweet he even jokingly complaining that he was missing X Factor to tune in!