Joe Hildebrand has announced his departure from Studio 10 and the network at large, after nearly 7 years.
Revealing his decision this morning he said management had generously offered him other roles but he had chosen to move on as the show restructures.
“We talked about it really openly and warmly about what that might look like, and they were really lovely about it so don’t lash out at them. But I just thought it’s probably just better to draw a line under this amazing little story I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of, and and give the new show whatever it may look like, the chance to breathe and have a fresh start without me,” he said.
He fought back tears this morning as he announced the news.
“I love all you guys so much. I love you the audience as you know. I’m so sorry that you’re not here in the studio for me to be able to hug you and say goodbye in person, but you know how I feel about you. I speak to all the time. I love you. At home, I love the fact that we’re a show that sticks up for the little guy. I love the fact people often stare down their nose at daytime television, because it’s only watched by, pensioners at home or whatever, or housewives, they’re the people I love. They’re the battlers.”
He added, “It’s just been a wonderful seven years. I love you, Sarah. For the three people living under a rock who don’t know, Sarah is my best friend. My work wife. We’ve been through all this since the very beginning.
“I love all you guys.
“I love the crew, make-up girls. I finally got to become one of the girls!”
On Monday Studio 10 refreshes with Tristan MacManus joining Sarah Harris as co-host, with Angela Bishop, Narelda Jacobs, Denise Drysdale, Craig Bennett and Jono Coleman retained.