Joking and camaraderie among the show’s crew quickly gave way to a seriousness of purpose as the live show began, and finally ended with hugs and tears. Ma’a Osama Atyab ran for nine years , and the last episode was dedicated to sharing memories and highlights from the show’s run, with fans calling in to wish Osama well.
“You are part of our family,” said caller Siham from Iraq, while Umm Abdullah’s voice broke as she called from Bahrain to tell Osama how sad she is about his departure.
Osama also appeared overwhelmed with the calls, lowering his face as viewers told him what an impact he has made in their lives. “I never saw the camera as a barrier between us,” Osama told them later.
By Nadia Eldemerdash, Web Producer
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