Cristina Saralegui bids a bittersweet 'adios' to her 21-year-old Univision talk show
On Monday, Spanish-speaking TV viewers will see Cristina Saralegui and her signature thumbs-up for the last time.
At least, on Univision.
The 62-year-old TV host recently told The Times that she did not choose to retire from her highly successful 21-year-old talk show. It was Univision that decided to end "El Show de Cristina."
But the typically optimistic and upbeat Cuban-born TV host said a lot more than that to The Times. For one thing, she has a new job.
The one-hour special, which airs Monday at 10 p.m., will include visits from some of Saralegui's best celebrity friends -- Don Francisco from "Sabado Gigante"; Gloria and Emilio Estefan; Cesar Evora; and Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas. Univision's other popular anchor, Jorge Ramos, taped a message that spoke to Saralegui's most lasting contribution.
"Thanks to you, I can be here," Ramos said from his anchor chair.
Mario Kreutzberger, known to fans as "Don Francisco," expressed the love felt by many of the Latino world's most famous toward the self-made Saralegiui: "We are one family, even though we don't live in the same house anymore, we will always be one family."
A clip from Monday's farewell show is below:
--Maria Elena Fernandez
Photo: Cristina Saralegui on the last episode of her Univision program, "El Show de Cristina," which airs Monday at 10 p.m. Credit: Pablo Blum/CSE
Video: Clips from the last episode of "El Show de Cristina." Credit: Univision.com