The two are departing the series this week, under circumstances that are being kept firmly under wraps.
After the last machines were phased out in New York, commenters on a New York Times article eulogized the departing lever machine.
All told, News Corp. is believed to have paid 8.5 million pounds to departing senior staff.
mid-13c., "part from each other," from Old French departir (10c.) "to divide, distribute; separate (oneself), depart; die," from Late Latin departire "divide" (transitive), from de- "from" (see de-) + partire "to part, divide," from pars (genitive partis) "a part" (see part (n.)).
As a euphemism for "to die" (to depart this life; cf. Old French departir de cest siecle) it is attested from c.1500, as is the departed for "the dead," singly or collectively. Transitive lingers in some English usages; the wedding service was till death us depart until 1662. Related: Departed; departing.