Last night’s edition of “Nightline” was the last for Martin Bashir, who will be moving on to MSNBC and NBC News in September. Bashir said goodbye and thanks at the end of the broadcast:
Finally tonight, there are few privileges in this life more meaningful than being invited into somebody’s home, and that’s especially the case if you’re a stranger. Many of you will know that famous verse in the new testament, where the writer says, ‘do not forget to entertain strangers for by doing so, some have entertained angels unaware.’ Now I know that I don’t have any angelic qualities but for many nights over the last five years, you’ve granted me the privilege of entering your home, and allowed me to tell stories. Stories ranging from that remarkable election almost two years ago, to the devastating gun attack in Connecticut earlier today. And as a result, I no longer feel like a stranger or a visitor, but have become a friend to this remarkable country. And so, as I leave this special broadcast, I want to thank each and every one of my colleagues here at ABC News, some seen, many unseen, and also to thank you, our viewers, for inviting us in and allowing me to share so many evenings with you. For all of us at ABC News, for the last time, good night America.