After poking fun of the celebrity expert in a throwback snap, Kate said: "Shall we see some of your best bits Richard?"
As the compilation of snippets played out Richard struggled to fend off the tears and when the camera returned to him in the studio his emotions had certainly got the better of him.
Wiping his eyes, Richard explained: "We’re very lucky, we get to interview people that we've grown up with and of course its a huge privilege to connect with everybody at home after all this time."
He commented: "I will be retiring from public life at least on Good Morning Britain," but before he could finish, Ben exclaimed: "We've only just dragged you back in what an earth are you talking about?"
Continuing, the showbiz correspondent joked: "I've got about two weeks to brush up my skills on the off side rule, I’ve got know idea what I’m doing."
At which point the entire clan fell about the place laughing after Richard had previously explained he'd been mixed up with the new Manchester United football manger.
Carrying on the banter, he went on: "I'm going to need a graphic for that, OK."
"That'll take more than two weeks Rich," quipped Ben before he remarked: "And congratulations it’s been a pleasure to work with you."
With tears in his eyes, Richard chirped back: "It’s been a pleasure to work with you all as well."
Pointing to Kate he exclaimed: "I mean we have worked together for 20 odd years, Charlotte… and it's Laura isn't it? Best part of a decade mate so it is nice to be part of a family of faces that wake up the nation and you guys at home as well."
Finishing the heartwarming chat, Kate joked: "Its a privilege to be around you because you make everybody else look better, that's what I think."
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