“After seven glorious years, it’s time for me to step down as the reigning Gossip Guru of Today. From the Royal Wedding to Royal Randwick, the gutters of Tinseltown and the Logies Red Carpet, my time with the Today Team has been one of the wildest and most rewarding of my career. I am truly blessed,” Reid said in a statement.
“While you won’t be waking up to me every morning on Today, I love to say that I’m like a bad rash: I always come back! I’ll be attending to family matters and hard at work developing TV projects in both Oz and LA. Exciting and uncharted territory for sure, but I am super excited and I hope you will be for me too. I might be gone from the airwaves for now, but certainly not gone for long! 2015 will be full of surprises. Stay tuned!
“I am so grateful, not only to Channel Nine and our loyal viewers, but to the entire nation for embracing my over the top antics. Be it Today, Domestic Blitz and 20 to 1, Australia has unconditionally welcomed me into their lounge rooms and made me feel a special love like I had never known before. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
On Twitter Reid has denied a Herald Sun rumour he could be joining TEN’s upcoming I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!
Reid becomes the latest regular to depart following the recent axing of Emma Freedman, due to cost cuts. It’s not clear if his departure is also a cost-cutting measure but Today Show Executive Producer, Mark Calvert said Reid would not be replaced.
“You can’t replace the irreplaceable. He’s one of a kind,” he said.
“Richard has been a huge part of the success of the Today show in recent years, a shining star, with one of the biggest, brightest personalities on television.
“He’s made countless friends at Nine, and right across Australia. He’ll be missed by everybody.”