We knew she was going; we didn't think it would be so soon.
Wednesday was Diane Sawyer's last night on ABC's World News, a day earlier than expected. Cool to the end, she did not get weepy.
Dressed in a color-block dress of startling yellow over black, she took viewers behind the scenes to meet her teams in New York, across the country and around the world.
"Thanks, guys, for every single night," she said.
In her "personal note of thanks," at the broadcast conclusion, she said she was "deeply privileged" to have been in the anchor chair for five years, to feel as if she and viewers were in "a conversation together" every night. She's not going far — "down the hall and up the stairs" — and she's not slowing down, she promised.
In a shoutout to her husband, director Mike Nichols, and "the four grandchildren and their perfect parent," "look for me to be home earlier for dinner again."
Afterwards, Garth Brooks sent her a tableful of vases stuffed with flowers, according to a tweet by ABC reporter Gio Benitez.
Sawyer broke the news of her departure herself on Twitter.
The network also confirmed the news.
Sawyer and ABC announced in June she was stepping down from the nightly news anchor desk to focus on prime-time specials on big issues and big interviews.
David Muir will take her place on Sept. 2. He's the fourth anchor for top-rated World News since Peter Jennings' death in 2005. "I can't wait to see you" on the job, she told Muir, who had a report on the broadcast Thursday.
Sawyer was the second female solo anchor of an evening newscast, following Katie Couric at CBS, who left that post last year.
Now all the anchors on the broadcast networks' evening newscasts are male. Again. Muir at ABC, Brian Williams at NBC and Scott Pelley at CBS.