Channel Nine executive shuts down major rumour about Today hosts
Following Carrie Bickmore’s shock announcement that she is leaving The Project after 13 years, there has been plenty of speculation as to what her next move might be.
The veteran TV journalist shared the news live on-air during Tuesday night’s episode, explaining that she wanted to spend more time at home with her family but she won’t be making a full exit from the entertainment industry.
“I look forward to being able to help Chris out with the kids a bit more and yeah, I'm not leaving TV,” she said.
Referencing the fact her son Ollie was in the audience, she continued: “My son sent me a message saying he wanted to come and see my retirement – honey, I'm not retiring. I'm just gonna move on to something different which I do not know what that is yet.”
Since then, it's been rumoured that Carrie will replace Tracy Grimshaw on A Current Affair after she announced her departure last month, as well as Allison Langdon on Today.
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Daily Mail reported on Wednesday that Carrie will take up the breakfast TV job next year alongside Karl Stefanovic, while Allison would make “an elegant transition” to A Current Affair.
“It is the next, most obvious step for [Carrie],” the source said. “As much as you'd like to say that she is not as nice as her on-screen persona, that's not the case.
“Everyone likes her. Viewers like her. She would bring a lot of positive energy to Today and, in terms of timing, it all makes sense.”
However, Nine's Director of Morning Television, Steven Burling, has since taken to social media to shut down the claims.
“Virtually nothing is correct in this piece at all,” he tweeted on Tuesday alongside a link to the article.
Carrie’s move to breakfast radio
The latest rumour surrounding Carrie’s career is that she is heading for breakfast radio and will replace Hughesy, Ed and Erin, hosted by Dave Hughes, Ed Kavalee and Erin Molan, on 2Day FM in 2023.
TV industry veteran Rob McKnight spoke about the potential move on his TV Blackbox podcast on Wednesday, suggesting that there are plenty of reasons why Carrie would move her popular drive show with Tommy Little to the breakfast slot.
"We need to consider... [Carrie is] earning, what, a million dollars for her afternoon [radio] show per year? The question is, is [Carrie] priming to take over the Sydney breakfast radio show?” he said.
“[The current show is] rating like crap. I have already heard whispers she's being offered $2 million a year to do the Sydney radio show with Tommy Little… Television doesn't have the kind of money that radio does.”
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