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Eric Perkins bids farewell to KARE 11 after 25 years

Perkins lived up to his reputation in his final goodbye.
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After 25 years at Twin Cities NBC affiliate KARE 11, Eric Perkins said goodbye Sunday night. 

The playful sports anchor known for his "Perk at Play" features joined longtime colleagues Randy Shaver, Julie Nelson and Belinda Jensen on the main set for more than five minutes to close the newscast. 

Perkins read a prepared statement, thanking his co-workers, family, friends and viewers before pulling a scissors out of his pocket and cutting off his tie while giving his best effort to do the splits. 

"It is time to cut ties and split, and so in honor of that I will cut my tie while doing a split," Perkins said. 

Perkins announced his impending departure from KARE July 7, noting then that he didn't know what he'd be doing next but was confident that it would have something to do with "providing content." 

"I don't know what's happening next," he reiterated Sunday night. "I don't know where I'm going next but I know it's going to be a wild ride." 

Perkins began at KARE in 1996 and quickly jumped into local stardom with his popular "Perk at Play" segments.

In 2012 he was promoted to the station's sports director role, in addition to becoming the weeknight sports anchor. Prior to that he had been KARE's weekend sports anchor while co-anchoring a Saturday telecast. 

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