Jeff Passolt: 'I bid you a heartfelt thank you, and goodnight'

Passolt's final newscast was Sunday night.
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Another Twin Cities TV A-lister has called it a career, with Fox 9's Jeff Passolt signing off for the last time on Sunday night. 

After 38 years in the TV business, Passolt quoted the words of Johnny Carson in a short and sweet final farewell to viewers. 

"I bid you a heartfelt thank you, and goodnight," he said. 

Passolt's 38-year TV career started with an internship at channel 9 in 1981, leading him to a sports anchor job at KARE 11 where he spent 12 years before taking a TV job in Denver, Colorado. Three years into the Rocky Mountains, channel 9 came calling and asked him to return to Minnesota. He did, as a news anchor, a job he's held going all the way back to 1996. 

“I’d like my legacy to be, ‘I’m just like one of you’," Passolt said Sunday, via Fox 9. "I just happened to get really lucky and I thank all of those people for letting me into their homes all these years." 

Fox 9's hourlong newscast featured special moments throughout for Passolt, including former co-anchor Marni Hughes, who now works in Seattle, wishing him well, in addition to a surprise visit from Passolt's favorite hockey player growing up, Lou Nanne. 

Also paying tribute to Passolt in a record message was Mark Rosen, the former WCCO TV sports anchor who also recently retired from TV. 

"I know you will enjoy your nights off as much as I am," said Rosen. 

Ironically, Passolt informed viewers that he actually grew up "a block and a half" from Rosen in St. Louis Park, but never really knew him until about 12 years ago.

Rosen still works in Twin Cities radio, which is what Passolt also plans to continue doing as a regular guest of Tom Barnard on KQRS. 

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