Rove McManus has announced he is stepping down from his Channel TEN show.
“I’ve decided after ten years of doing the show tonight will be my last one,” he said.
“This is purely my decision. It’s not one I have made lightly or flippantly, or easily I must say. I just think the timing is right. I need to stop, take a step back and see what happens next,” he said.
“It’s something that has been sitting on my mind a little bit. Now after ten wonderful years I think we’re at the perfect spot to be able to stop and do it on our times, while we’re still on a high and ride off into the sunset hopefully.
“I know we’ve made jokes about this on the show before.”
“If you need to email, tweet or send off a carrier pigeon to let people know…. I would love for them to be on board to be able to say goodbye before the end of it.
“It is very short notice I do realise, but I only came to the decision recently and to be honest I didn’t want a whole lot of fuss going into tonight.”
His final show is currently airing on TEN.
“I also think tonight is the perfect night for it. We’ve got the best setting possible. All our cast is here for it.”
TEN has now issued a statement which says. “The strong relationship between Roving Enterprises and TEN will continue to grow with The 7PM Project and Before The Game, both on TEN through 2010.”
TEN, which initially indicated Rove would return in 2010, had denied the show was ending including in newspaper reports this weekend. It previously indicated it was yet to make a decision on Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? -absent from its latest statement.
McManus, who began his television career in community television, has had his own variety show on both Nine and TEN. He has won Gold Logies, been lauded by Jay Leno and continues to pick up accolades, last week winning two awards at the Kids’ Choice Awards. This year’s show performed well off the back of MasterChef Australia but had a trickier time following Australian Idol.
McManus this year married Tasma Walton in a surprise wedding in Western Australia.
Rove ended with its host thanking cast, crew, families, TEN and viewers with a hope to reacquaint at some time in the future.
“For the last time… say bye to your mum for me.”
This post updates.