Bob McGrath gives tearful goodbye at Telemiracle fundraiser

The 39th edition of the annual telethon marked the end of an era, as Bob McGrath is retiring from the show.

Event raises more than $4M during McGrath's final year as host

Performers bid Bob McGrath (right) an emotional goodbye at TCU Place in Saskatoon during the 39th annual Telemiracle fundraiser. (Twitter/@Telemiracle)

The Kinsmen Foundation fundraiser, Telemiracle, has wrapped for another year.

The 39th edition of the annual telethon also marked the end of an era, as Bob McGrath is retiring from the show.

McGrath, who played Bob Johnson on Sesame Street, has only missed one year of hosting since Telemiracle started in 1977.

Performers at the show gave an emotional tribute to McGrath during the Telemiracle on Sunday. 

"There are no words to express it," McGrath said in a tearful goodbye. "Except thank you, and I love you all."

The City of Saskatoon even declared March 8 as Bob McGrath Day.

According to the Telemiracle Twitter account, the event raised a total of $4,312,457 in 2015.


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