The Leveson enquiry into media misdemeanours was shaken today when media tycoon Rupert Murdoch said to the enquiry - quoting famous line from Shakespeare :'Thank you and Goodbye.'
Assembled newshounds were shocked. But what did Murdoch's words mean?
He was gently led from the witness box sobbing. Later he explained to reporters the true meaning of his words.
'I was thanking all those people who have shared their most intimate thoughts with me over the years. It has been a privilege to mislead the public about your lives and to cause you misery. So THANK YOU!'
'And Goodbye?' queried the throng of hacks.
'Goodbye means I sleep well' declared Murdoch 'I have very good bye byes. I have a son to follow in my footsteps and I have the satisfaction of knowing that I have given the paying public a life which would have otherwise have been barren.'
Leveson has abandoned his enquiry after he learnt that 'certain people' had learn 'certain things' about him which would remain secret now the investigation was over.