EXCLUSIVE: Ita Buttrose will depart Studio 10 tomorrow, her final show after four and a half years, in what is understood to be a mutual decision.
Her departure comes a month after Jessica Rowe exited TEN’s morning show.
The esteemed Buttrose is one of the original cast members of the morning show, with a media legacy extending across publishing and television. In August she received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 NSW Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism, added to her previous Order of Australia and Australian of the Year accolades.
Her departure also follows recent headlines surrounding a “Brussel Sprout” spat with Denise Drysdale which was followed by the exit of executive producer Rob McKnight. Various reports have hinted at tension between the two veterans, denied by Drysdale earlier this year.
TV Tonight understands Denise Scott will now join the Studio 10 roster, to appear every second week as an alternative to Drysdale.
Legal action in which McKnight is seeking what he claims are unpaid fees is due for a directions hearing next week.
“I have had a long involvement with Network TEN, stretching back many years. I’ve had five great years on Studio 10, but it is time for me to move on and focus on other parts of my life, including spending more time with my grandchildren and writing,” Buttrose said in a statement.
TEN Chief Content Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “We are very sad to see Ita leave Studio 10. She has been with the show since day one and has been a wonderful member of the team.”
“Ita is a true legend of the Australian media and a great colleague. Everyone at Studio 10 and Network Ten, as well as her many fans, will miss her but we fully understand and support her decision to step away from the show. She is, of course, welcome to come home to Studio 10 at any time.”