Former Better Homes & Gardens presenter Jason Hodges has described his surprise sacking after 15 years as a “kick in the guts.”
Speaking to Yahoo Lifestyle, Hodges said “I just didn’t see it coming.
“I know it’s television and I know people lose their jobs, I know shows finish but I just didn’t see it coming.”
Hodges was let go from the show late last year, telling media at the time he was “absolutely gutted.”
Now he has said nobody in Seven’s senior ranks had reached out to him and taken aim at execs.
“I think that television networks don’t do the market research that they should and especially in this decision… [the Channel Seven execs are] trying to attract a younger audience that doesn’t exist [because] your average 25-year-old doesn’t watch Better Homes and Gardens,” he said.
“[Seven execs] invested 20 years in me and then got rid of me. I think they live in a television bubble where they think that ‘shiny’ replaces ‘authentic’,” he adds.
“He added, “I have nothing but the best memories of the people I was with and the things I got to see and I will never ever let that go.
“But losing my job, it hurt me because I loved my job and I was doing it to the best of my ability and it was a kick in the guts but that’s not going to change my opinion of the people I worked with or what I managed to achieve,” he adds.