‘I find this hard’ Emily Maitlis bids farewell as she asks fans for help in last episode

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Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, 50, has announced that she and her co-stars Jon Sopel and Anthony Zurcher have recorded their last episode of their popular BBC News podcast, Americast, “for a while”. While saying a fond farewell to their listeners, Emily admitted she was finding it hard to ask them for a “favour” ahead of their break from working on the project.

During the latest episode of the podcast, Emily said after announcing their departure: “But listen, thanks to all of you.

“Honestly, we knew you cared but we’ve really felt it in a big way in the last few days.

“And here’s our promise. We will be back next year.”

The journalist then added: “Americasters, we have a small favour to ask of you before we go our separate ways…

“Oh God I find this really hard to do,” the BBC host admitted.

Emily revealed she felt their request was very “un-British” before asking listeners to vote for Americast in the British Podcast Awards.

She sheepishly admitted: “It’s so un-British because we have to ask you for a favour.

“We have to ask you to vote for us in the British Podcast Awards.”


Giving Emily some help, Jon chimed: “Let me just summon up my American. 

“I was once told ‘you just have to tell people how great you are’.

“So it’s really simple, all you need to do is head to britishpodcastawards.com/vote, type ‘Americast’ in the box, put your details in and bang! Hit submit.”

Emily then quipped: “Why didn’t we get Zurch to do that bit? 

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“Zurch, you could have done that with American panache.

“Go on you do it, you do it.”

Anthony told listeners: “Type ‘Americast’ and give us some credit. You love us, now make us win.”

“Oh my God, so pushy. Just embarrassing,” Emily added of their message to fans.

Despite the star’s concerns about sounding “pushy”, she later took to Twitter to thank fans for voting after many sent her screenshots of their vote being submitted online.

Emily penned in view of her 429,000 followers this evening: “Thank you thank you to ALL of you for voting. 

“Big retweet love coming  your way ( as well as general non Twitter-specific gratitude ) . 

“Please don’t mention in the small print how many political predictions we got wrong.. that’s between you and us xx.”

In Americast, BBC Presenters Emily and Jon have been dissecting the latest news and analysis from the campaign trail of the 2020 US presidential election race, which was won by Joe Biden.

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