Kyle Sandilands reacts to Grant Denyer's radio show axing

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor
2Day FM has axed its breakfast radio show featuring Ash London, Grant Denyer and Ed Kavalee. Photo: Hit Network

It’s been a tough feat for 2Day FM to measure up to Kyle and Jackie O’s success when the breakfast duo left the network for KIIS FM in 2014.

Since then the Sydney-based radio station has tried various on-air combos to give their former employees a run for their money, but nothing has quite lived up to their ratings.

Now it’s been announced that 2Day FM’s most recent breakfast trio, Grant Denyer, Ed Kavalee and Ash London, have got the axe. What’s more, the network will be replacing the bold personalities with an all-music show.

Taking to Twitter after the news broke, Kyle Sandilands raised eyebrows with a bold statement: “Another one bites the dust”.

Replaced by a music show

“Our promise to Sydney is an exciting and upbeat breakfast alternative for Sydneysiders on their morning commute where they can expect us to play just music for breakfast,” Head of the Hit Network, Gemma Fordham, said in an official statement today.

KIIS FM ratings winners Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O. Photo: KIIS FM

“A huge thank you must go to our breakfast show team, Grant, Ed & Ash, for the past 18 months - they are absolute professionals, have been a true delight to work with and have contributed to a culture of fun, community and inclusiveness we are proud of at 2Day.

“Ash London will continue to host Ash London Live nationally from 6.30pm weeknights.

“Ed Kavalee will continue to fill in for Kate Langbroek, who is enjoying the European summer with her young family, with Hughesy from 4.30pm.

“Grant Denyer will continue making appearances around the Network. From Monday, 2Day’s Music for Breakfast will be played by Jamie Angel, who returns to the 2Day airwaves.”

In September last year, Em Rusciano announced she was leaving 2Day FM breakfast that she co-hosted with Grant Denyer and Ed Kavalee. Ash London was then her replacement. Photo: Hit Network

Double blow for Grant Denyer

It comes after it was announced earlier this month that Grant Denyer would be stepping down from his hosting duties on Channel Ten’s Celebrity Name Game due to ongoing health issues.

Aussie audiences will instead see Rove McManus filling in as the host of the show, a statement confirmed.

Denyer is still dealing with ongoing back problems, after being hospitalised for suffering a bulging disc injury back in March.

End of Em Rusciano era

In September last year, Em Rusciano announced she’d be leaving the 2Day FM Breakfast program she’d been hosting alongside Grant and Ed. Ash London was later announced as her replacement.

Em has been fronting 2Day FM’s breakfast radio show since the beginning of 2017 after Rove McManus and Sam Frost’s show was axed.

The first year saw her joined by comedian Harley Breen, before he called it quits and Grant Denyer and Ed Kavalee were brought in as replacements at the start of this year.

Rove McManus and Sam Frost began hosting 2Day FM's breakfast spot at the start of 2016, before being shifted to the evening and replaced by Em Rusciano and Harley Breen.

Rove refused to come back

In July 2018, Rove McManus told Yahoo Lifestyle exclusively that he would not be returning to 2Day FM.

“Oh god, no,” he told us at the time.

“Look Grant’s in there, who knows, it’s probably done well for him. He’s got a Gold Logie nomination out of it,” Rove says.

“I don’t miss getting up at four o’clock in the morning.”

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