'Sabado Gigante' Ends 53-Year Run With Emotional, Star-Studded Finale

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A still from the 'Sabado Gigante' finale

Barack Obama was among those saying goodbye to the Don Francisco-hosted Univision series, which is TV's longest-running variety show.

Sabado Gigante signed off on Saturday after a 53-year run with an emotional final telecast.

The Univision show's host and creator Mario Kreutzberger — better known as Don Francisco — welcomed entertainment figures and returning faces throughout the live, three-hour episode.

Barack and Michelle Obama offered congratulations via a recorded message, while music stars Shakira, Marc Anthony and Enrique Iglesias also provided tributes.

The final segment featured Gloria Estefan performing a song called "Hasta Siempre (Forever)," which she co-wrote with her husband for the show's finale.

More than a thousand fans of Sabado Gigante — TV's longest-running variety series — showed up to watch the final hurrah from within the studio and soak up the atmosphere along the Golden Carpet.

Don Francisco concluded the proceedings by giving a short speech, followed by the cast and crew joining him down the Golden Carpet to a bus with a sign reading "Hasta Siempre." The team boarded the bus, which then drove off.

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