Columnist Tony Parsons has left the Daily Mirror after 18 years.
Parsons was offered the role by former editor Piers Morgan, who praised him for "18 brilliant years with the paper”.
In his last column this weekend Parsons said it had been a “privilege, a joy and an honour” to write for the paper.
“I am going now but I wish nothing but the best to this great old newspaper, to my brilliant colleagues who remain and – above all – to you, dear, beloved Daily Mirror reader,” he wrote.
“You see, I know you, and I have known you all my life.
“You are the family that raised me.
“You are the hearts who loved me.
“You are the sharp, questioning minds who put books into my hands and taught me to look at the stars.
“You are the faces who looked at me across the breakfast tables of my childhood and said ‘Haven’t you finished with that paper yet?’”