KELLY'S BYE; EXCLUSIVE Shock as Chat King Gerry Quits UTV after 18 YEARS
Byline: By PAUL MARTIN, Showbiz Editor
CHAT king Gerry Kelly sensationally quit UTV last night after nearly 20 years at the station.
The telly favourite shocked bosses when he said he was not renewing his contract despite being offered another huge show this autumn.
The star enjoyed big ratings over the past two years for his Kelly Meets series.
But the presenter dropped the bombshell news yesterday and told pals he would spend the next six months writing a book about his celebrity encounters.
In an exclusive chat with the Daily Mirror, Gerry revealed: "I love working with UTV but the time is now right for me to look at other projects.
"I had 18 fantastic years presenting The Kelly Show and Gerry Meets and I've been privileged to interview some of the biggest names in showbusiness plus some exceptional local people who made the headlines."
Over the years Gerry became an icon of Ulster television with his Friday night chat show.
When it was axed many speculated that his days in the TV world were over - but he bounced back with even higher ratings in Kelly Meets in which he travelled to glamorous locations to interview some of the biggest stars in showbiz.
UTV managing director Michael Wilson confirmed Gerry's departure.
He told the Mirror: "Gerry is an incredible talent and a huge part of UTV's success over the years. We wish Gerry the very best of luck with his book this year. …