Chrissie Swan admits filling in for The Project's Carrie 'scares' her

Earlier this week, Chrissie Swan was announced as one of the two women who will fill in for Carrie Bickmore on The Project while the presenter heads overseas with her family next month.

The radio host will share duties with Georgie Tunny and will make an appearance on the show once a week.

Chrissie Swan on The Project
Chrissie Swan has revealed the idea of filling in for The Project's Carrie Bickmore 'scares her', which is why she said yes. Photo: Ten

Taking to Instagram, Chrissie admitted that taking on the role 'scares' her, but that was the very reason she said yes.

"In the spirit of saying ‘yes’ to things that scare me a little bit (actually a lot), and pushing myself out of my comfort zone, I have accepted the challenge to fill in for [Carrie Bickmore] on [The Project] once a week until Carrie returns from her overseas family adventure!

"I am so excited. See you soon on @theprojecttv," she wrote.


Carrie was one of the first to comment on the post, writing, "Have fun, babe."

Sally Obermeder added, "You will be amazing. You are amazing."

The Project's Peter Helliar joked, "It does mean you’ll have to sit closer to me Swanny but other than that it’s all upside!!!!"

Grant Denyer wrote, "Well done!!! This is outstanding news. Congratulations and well deserved."

Martha Kalifatidis' mum Mary also commented, "You are a star, so proud of you."

Carrie sets off on overseas adventure

Carrie Bickmore on The Project
Carrie surprised viewers on Tuesday evening when she announced that she would be leaving the program for 'a couple of months' to travel to Europe with her family. Photo: Ten

Carrie surprised viewers on Tuesday evening when she announced that she would be leaving the program for "a couple of months" to travel to Europe with her family.

In a statement on Thursday, Channel 10 confirmed Chrissie and Georgie would step into her seat.

"Friends of The Project, Chrissie Swan and Georgie Tunny, will join hosts Lisa Wilkinson, Waleed Aly, Peter Helliar, Hamish Macdonald and Tommy Little while Carrie Bickmore and her family go on a well-deserved adventure," the statement read.

Executive producer Chris Bendall also told The Daily Telegraph he was excited to see both women "take larger hosting roles".

"We have a lot of exciting plans for the show this year. Carrie’s seat is in safe hands until she returns mid-year," he added.

Carrie shared her 'personal news' with viewers on the program this week and also took to Instagram to reveal the move had been something she and husband Chris "have dreamed of for a while now".

"Chris and I and the kids are heading off on a family adventure together," she said on the program.

“We’ve been wanting to do it for a while but lots of reasons, timing hasn’t been right, but we figure it’s never going to be the perfect time to go and it’s something we really want to do before my son starts his final years at school so we’re doing term two in the UK."

The host did confirm she'd still be featuring on the Hit Network's Carrie & Tommy show.

"You’ll still hear me across the airwaves every afternoon," she said on her social media account.

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