The longtime Local 4 anchor announced in September that she would retire after 38 years

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With heartfelt montages, champagne toasts and thanks to her viewers, veteran Detroit news anchor Carmen Harlan hosted her last broadcast Friday on Local 4 News.

She’s been with WDIV-TV for 38 years, and has co-anchored the news with Devin Scillian for 20 years. The pair is the city’s longest-running anchor team, according to the station.

“As a grandmother of three boys, ages 7, 4 and 2, it’s important for me to be able to spend quality time with them while they are young,” Harlan said in a statement that was issued when the news was announced in September.

During her final 11 p.m. broadcast, WDIV aired a montage featuring her video clips accompanied by co-workers singing a modified version of The Temptations’ “My Girl.”

Before signing off, Harlan called her colleagues “the best team in broadcasting.”

“I’m going to miss you guys,” she said.

But Harlan won’t be gone long. She’ll return to the air the morning of Nov. 24 to host the broadcast of America’s Thanksgiving Parade from downtown Detroit.

After being honored by Detroit’s City Council this month for her lengthy service, Harlan said she planned to work on a special project in her retirement.

“I’m not going anywhere,” she said. “There will be another chapter, believe me.”

Shortly after the station announced Harlan’s retirement, it revealed that Kimberly Gill, who joined WDIV in 2014, will co-anchor the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. news with Scillian. Local 4’s Karen Drew will co-anchor with Scillian for the 5:30 p.m. broadcast. Both Gill and Drew start in their new roles on Monday.

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