Ajay Rochester will no longer be fronting The Biggest Loser for Network TEN.
TEN indicates she will pursue new interests.
The announcement from TEN confirms ongoing speculation about her continuation on the show following media stories following her welfare fraud case and last week the separation with management Mark Morrissey.
Rochester, who avoided conviction and received a 12-month good behaviour bond, has hosted the show for TEN since its Australian debut in 2006.
TEN’s chief programming officer, David Mott, said: “Ajay has been a valued member of The Biggest Loser family and we wish her well.
“This year’s new ‘couples’ format was a big winner. It delivered more layered and inspirational stories and added drama for our viewers.
“We‘re looking forward to inviting a new host to join Shannon and Michelle in The Biggest Loser team and pushing the envelope even further with our 2010 series.”
In announcing the news today, TEN conveniently neglects to clarify whether Rochester quit the series, was not renewed by the network or reached a mutual position.
Significantly, there is no statement from Rochester in the official press release.
Other media stories on Rochester recently speculated she was not invited to the Logie Awards by the network, and there were rumours of on-set ‘freebie gifts’ being reported. Despite some tarnishing of her brand this year, the show still pulled a whopping 2.09m for its finale and peaked at 2.33m viewers -which would look nice on any resume.
TEN says an announcement of a new host and the hunt for new contestants will unfold in the coming months
as production resumes.
2008 runner up Alison Braun has been widely tipped to take her place.
UPDATED: Following this report TEN advised “We have decided not to renew Ajay’s contract in order to head in a different direction for 2010.”