Shaynna Blaze quits Selling Houses Australia.
Another Selling Houses presenter departs after 13 seasons, but with generous words from Foxtel.
Interior designer Shaynna Blaze has quit Foxtel’s Selling Houses Australia after 13 seasons, citing a schedule clash following COVID disruption.
“This is such a big decision for me, and one that has not come lightly,” she said. “I had hoped to be able to continue with Selling Houses Australia while honouring my existing business commitments to clients and working on some exciting personal projects, but once the timing of the production schedule was confirmed, unfortunately trying to juggle everything was going to be too much of a stretch. Selling Houses has led me to where I am today, and I owe both the show and Foxtel a huge debt of gratitude.”
Blaze has been a double winner of the ASTRA Award as Favourite Female Presenter and twice nominated in the AACTA Awards for her role. The show’s continuing success with Subscription viewers also led to Blaze being cast in The Block on Nine.
Her departure follows that of landscaper Charlie Albone, who joined Better Homes & Gardens.
Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television, said: “I would like to thank Shaynna for thirteen incredible seasons with Selling Houses Australia and the pivotal role she has played in the success of the series. Sadly, the Covid-19 pandemic has interrupted the regular production rhythm for all of our local productions, and we are shooting season 14 at a different time, meaning Shaynna’s existing commitments and new projects have made her unavailable for the upcoming season.
“Shaynna has enjoyed a long association with Foxtel and in particular the LifeStyle Group and we completely understand her decision and wish her well with her other business projects,” he said.
“The show, of course, will go on – it’s the flagship series of our LifeStyle Channel and we will now take the opportunity to re-fresh and re-invent the franchise with Andrew Winter at the helm and two new faces – specialists in design and landscape – joining the team.”
Production will re-commence mid-year.