The rumour mill is in overdrive today with three rumours in News Limited newspapers about Nine and TEN.
One suggests Darren McMullen is set to be dumped as host of The Voice for next year, in favour of former Australian Idol host Andrew Günsberg.
McMullen has caused some consternation for producers this season, not the least of which was his outburst on Mornings after singer Peta Jeffress criticised the show on Today Tonight.
“She came out and absolutely killed one of my favourite Prince songs of all time. It was hard to listen to. Screeching down the microphone.
“This industry is about attitude right? That’s the perfect example of why you don’t deserve to be on the show and why you’ll never make it, because your attitude stinks.”
Nine went into damage control following his extraordinary outburst, which was out of step with the show’s positive tone. It was even forced to delete footage of the rant from Mornings website. Insiders even described him as a “loose cannon” at the time.
Andrew Günsberg is well-regarded having multiple seasons of Australian Idol under his belt but a Nine spokesperson has said, “No replacement for Darren.”
Updated: A Nine spokesperson tells TV Tonight: “We here at nine love Darren on the voice and have no thoughts of anyone else doing the job.”
Meanwhile, in unrelated speculation there are wild rumours that TEN could be looking to snare Karl Stefanovic for The Project, when his contract with Nine is up for renewal in November. Stefanovic is understood to be friendly with TEN chairman Lachlan Murdoch and there are suggestions the show may relocate to Sydney as part of an overhaul.
Both Nine and TEN denied the talk.